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- now taken to mean a building, often in the style of the main house, situated at the entrance to an estate, and usually the home of the gatekeeper, these should in fact, properly be referred to as gatehouses. More accurately, the lodge was the building used by masons for both working and living when engaged on a long term project such as a castle or cathedral. In the days before standard measurement, the rules to be used on site would be inscribed on the lodge walls. While it would seem a likely source, there is no evidence tying any of this to Freemasonry and the Masonic Lodge.