What is a Masonic Lodge?

In Freemasonry, a Lodge is not a building. A Lodge is a group of Freemasons bound together by a Warrant issued by our governing body, The United Grand Lodge of England and is our permission to hold meetings. We meet in a Masonic Hall and several such Lodges may convene in the same Hall.

Some Lodges may have a history spanning hundreds of years, with documented proof of regular meetings throughout the whole of their history. There may be no apparent reason for the Lodge to have started and may, for example, have been a group of relatively wealthy men from the Victorian era, who wanted to enjoy each other’s company. The reasons for other Lodges are more apparent. Woodsmoke Lodge, for example, meets in our Hall and is associated with Scouting. There are Lodges for sports, special interests, towns, cities and some named after famous people or events.

Mirfield Lodge is named after the town in which it meets. Almost every Lodge has a reference number, and ours is 1102. We were formed in the latter half of the 1800s by Freemasons from other Lodges in the locality. Initially, like many lodges, the members met in bars and taverns, but eventually, they found the ambition to commit to a building, which was duly funded and built, here at the top of King Street.