Mike’s Masonic Walks and Talks

WBro. Mike Neville is a Masonic author and lecturer. He offers walks and talks primarily around London, based on his vast knowledge of the area and his specialist subjects, which cover all aspects of Masonic history.

As a retired Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector, Mike has a unique insight into the more shady side of ‘Crime and the Craft’.

Mike’s walks and talks encompass the East and West Ends, the City of London, the British Museum. Other tours have included Rome, and Mike is happy to arrange bespoke walks/tours for private individuals, lodges or groups.

 

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Each month we will look at a different walk, and focus on one special aspect. But to begin with and whet your appetite here is the list of current tours and dates for July:

Forthcoming walk dates:

City of London – 8 July
West End – 16 July
East End – 30 July

Web Site: https://www.mike-neville-walks-and-talks.co.uk

Contact:  bookings@mike-neville-walks-and-talks.co.uk

City of London Tour

 

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The Birthplace of Modern Freemasonry and its Myths
Friends, family, ladies, children and potential Masons welcome. The walk is about four miles – wear comfortable shoes! Slow pace, with plenty of stops. The walk ends at Great Queen Street around 1.15pm. A pub lunch can be arranged at £12.50 each.

This tour includes…

• The site of the original Grand Lodge – formed in 1717
• Worshipful Company of Masons – Freemasons & the Royal Society
• Masonic links to the Bank of England
• Elias Ashmole – the first English mason?
• Grand Masters & scandals…(surely not!)
• St Paul’s Cathedral and its Masonic links
• The Old Bailey – Masons & Murder… goodies AND baddies!
• The Temple – the site of Knights Templar initiation ceremonies
• The location of the lodge of the Mason tortured by the Inquisition
• Masonry & Mutiny on the Bounty

Crime & The Craft Tour (East End)

 

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This tour includes…

• Masonic links to famous cases of murder & treason
• Jack The Ripper, Jack the Mason?

Hear about Masonic goodies & Masonic baddies…and those villains caught by members of the Craft.

Masons & the West End Tour

 

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Brother Oscar Wilde – victim or villain?

This tour includes…

• Tales of celebrity, scandal, murder…and a ghost!
• Oscar Wilde, Mozart, Kipling and other famous Masons

Take a wander around London’s famous West End and hear stories of Masons involved in scandal and crime! During the walk through Theatre Land, be entertained by tales of Masonic actors and celebrities.

British Museum Tour

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See artefacts linked to Masonic history and ritual, including:

• Ancient Egyptian influences on Freemasonry
• The weak Pharaoh exploited by Joshua
• Trade routes and King Solomon’s Temple
• Items touched by Cyrus and Nehemiah
• An ancient message linked to the Royal Arch
• Titus – Destroyer of the Temple
• Proof of the existence of Biblical characters
• Learn about the Masons linked to the Museum

Author of “Sacred Secrets” and expert on Biblical & Masonic matters, WBro Mike Neville, will guide you around the Museum.

A pub lunch to continue the discussions can be organised at £12.50 per person. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Jack the Ripper – Jack the Mason?

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Freemason and retired Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector, Worshipful Brother Mike Neville will guide you authoritatively through London’s East End streets once stalked by the most infamous serial killer in history – “Jack the Ripper”

This tour includes…

• Was there a Masonic conspiracy?
• Were any suspects Members of the Craft?
• What were the Masonic links to Scotland Yard?
• The Letters from “Jack” received by Members of the Craft
• Masonic links to doctors & pathologists

Cost: £10 per person

Masonic Tour of Rome

 

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See the Eternal City through Masonic eyes. Hear about Rome’s links to Biblical stories and Masonic ritual. This trip will particularly appeal to Freemasons who belong to the Holy Royal Arch, Red Cross of Constantine and Allied Masonic Degrees.

This tour takes place over two days and includes:

• The Arch of Titus – see the treasures looted from the Temple in 70AD
• The Coliseum and its link to Jerusalem
• The Arch of Constantine
• The trial & execution of St Lawrence the Martyr
• The Milvian Bridge – where Constantine defeated the rival emperor
• The Vatican & its anti-Masonic stance

About Mike Neville:

Mike Neville is a Freemason who belongs to many Masonic Orders, and a retired Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector.

He is an expert on the history of the Craft and crime. Neville is also world renowned for his ability to catch criminals with CCTV using ‘Super Recogniser’ officers.

Consequently, he travels the world assisting police forces and giving lectures in lodges.

He is the author of Sacred Secrets: Freemasonry, the Bible and Christian Faith, holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army Cadet Force and is the national training officer for music.

Charity lectures at your Lodge or Chapter

Mike is a very popular Masonic lecturer, who delivers up to one hundred talks per year in lodges, chapters and other Masonic Orders. He has delivered his lectures across the globe - from New York to Budapest.

The "cost" of a talk is a donation to a charity of his choice. Further details can be provided. During the Covid 19 pandemic, lectures can be delivered via Zoom.

He can deliver bespoke lectures for lodges and can conduct historical research - especially for anniversaries.

Be prepared to find out the scandalous and criminal members of your lodge - as well as the decorated soldiers, inventors, actors, sportsmen, politicians and other Masons of note!

Check out some of Mike's lecture topics here https://www.mike-neville-walks-and-talks.co.uk/charity-lectures

Crime and the Craft:

By: Mike Neville

Crime and the Craft reveals that the Freemasons have been involved in treason, murder, conspiracy, fraud, and scandal from the time of the English Civil War to the 1980s.

Nearly every famous case investigated by Scotland Yard-including Jack the Ripper, Oscar Wilde, Dr. Crippen, the Great Train Robbery, and the Kray Twins-is shown to have Masonic involvement.

For the first time, it is shown that some fifty lodges have a link to the Jack the Ripper case-with a known suspect identified as a Mason for the first time.

The book uncovers Masonic involvement in police corruption, from the Trial of the Detectives in 1877 to Operation Countryman. The true involvement of notorious gangster, Kenneth Noye, in freemasonry is also revealed, as are the full details of the case of the Mason who made secret signs at the judge during a murder trial at the Old Bailey.

This book also describes how members of the Craft have been pioneers in the development of forensic pathology, fingerprint evidence, and the use of images to catch criminals. Crime and the Craft answers the question:

'Is there a relationship between Freemasonry and crime?'

 

Sacred Secrets: Freemasonry, the Bible and Christian Faith

By: Mike Neville

Who were Tubalcain, Jabal and Jubal and what is their significance for the Freemason?

There is a general interest in the rituals of Freemasonry, generated in part by the apparently obscure references they contain.

This is the only book that offers a guide to the stories used in Masonic ritual and their links to the Bible and Christianity.

The new Mason is directed to a ‘serious contemplation of the Volume of the Sacred Law’ ― but that is easier said than done without a grounding in the Scriptures, something that fewer and fewer people have.

The historical and geographical setting of the Bible is explained here, making such contemplation easier for Mason and non-Mason alike.

Mike Neville has systematically cross-referenced the most influential Chapters of the Bible to the ceremonies. It is his intention to get Freemasons to understand the ritual ― not just to memorise and regurgitate ― as well as to elucidate for the non-Mason.

Sacred Secrets will aid the clergy, theologians and any other person interested in Freemasonry to see the links between ritual and scripture.

 

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