Photos: Peppercorn Ceremony In St. George’s

April 20, 2017

The Peppercorn Ceremony took place yesterday [Apr 19] in St. George’s, following a tradition which first began in 1816, with this year’s event also being attending by the visiting Town Criers.

Marked by pomp, circumstance, and pageantry, the King’s Square ceremony requires the Governor to accept the annual peppercorn rent paid by Freemasons for use of the State House.


The State House was built in 1620 and is Bermuda’s oldest stone building. The landmark was used for the General Assembly of Bermuda until 1816, when the capital moved to Hamilton.

The Government of the day then rented the building for one peppercorn a year to Bermuda’s Masonic Lodge 200 of Scotland, an agreement which continues to this day.

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