A distinctive device carved on stone by the mason who dressed it.
- If he passed this examination of his skill, he would be admitted to that lodge as a master mason and given a mason's mark that would be unique to him.
- ‘Many of the mason's marks, with which they used to ‘sign’ their work, can still be seen around the church, and some of them are also found in the Minster.
- The relationship between the various branches and members is established through inscriptions and the use of a twice-broken staff motif as mason's mark and on their seals.
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