History of Freemasonry
Elias Ashmole registered his initiation with the following words:
‘“1646, Oct. 16, 4.30 P.M. – I was made a Free Mason at Warrington in Lancashire with Coll: Henry Mainwaring of Karincham in Cheshire; the names of those that were then of the Lodge, Mr Rich. Penket Worden, Mr James Collier, Mr Rich. Sankey, Henry Littler, John Ellam, Rich. Ellam & Hugh Brewer.” This is the first account of the beginning of the speculative Freemasonry in England, regardless of the fact that those present and listed, surely would have been initiated at an earlier date.