1746 The oldest Lodge in Nottinghamshire would seem to be a Lodge warranted in 1746 by the “Moderns” Grand Lodge and was numbered No. 224, meeting at the Blackamores Head (the corner of High Street & Pelham Street). In 1755 it was renumbered No. 160, but erased in 1758. Masonry at this time taking its lead from the London Lodges. The first Provincial Grand Master of Nottinghamshire was Thomas Boothby Parkyns, 1st Lord Rancliffe, the grandson of Thomas Parkyns, the Lord of the Manor of Bunny and Ruddington, architect scholar and pugilist. He was successfully sued for a great deal of money by his grandson, the 1st Lord Rancliffe.