Above, is the doorway of 10 Duke Street, off Piccadilly, SW1. According to Stephen Knight, author of the well received freemasonic expose ‘The Brotherhood’ (first pub. 1983 Granada Publishing)this is the meeting point and (secret) headquarters of the highest ranking freemasons in the country, the so called Supreme Council of whose existance the majority of rank and file masons are not even aware.
According to Knight
“Nobody looking at that fine but anonymous house from outside could suspect that behind its pleasing facade, beyond the two sets of sturdy double doors and up the stairs there is a Black Room, a Red Room and a Chamber of Death. To high Masons, the house in Duke Street known as the Grand East.”
Knights book caused a storm of controversy on it’s release with it’s claims of masonic skullduggery rampant throughout the British establishment. Knight also revealed many former masonic secrets such as the brutal blood oaths of the initiation ceremonies.
Knight interviewed hundereds of former and current masons, and his book without doubt ruffled masonic feathers across the world. One of Knight’s interviews (reproduced here) illustrates techniques rogue masons may use to attack those who fall by the wayside.
18 months after publication of the book, Knight sadly died from a malignant tumour in his brain. He was, you guessed it, 33 years old.
Whilst no serious commentators have alleged Knight’s death to be any more than a tragedy, Martin Short’s speculation in his book ‘Inside the Brotherhood’ which he rather arrogantly styled as the sequel Knight would have written were he still alive, prompted one Californian mason to write the furious denial published here http://www.calodges.org
Whatever the truth, take a trip to Duke Street and see for yourself the mysterious ‘Offices of the Supreme Council’ (see if you can spot anyone going in or out, in 5 or 6 trips I’ve made there’s never been a soul about bar security).