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A Short History of:

The Lodge of Friendship No. 750

Petition For Warrant

Lodge Meetings

Why Meet on a Full Moon

Re-Numbering of the Lodge

Petition For Warrant

In early 1858, Fifteen brethren led by W. Bro. R.H. Goldthorpe, P.P.G.D. petitioned the Most Worshipful the Grand Master of the United Fraternity of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of England for permission to form a new Lodge to be named "The Lodge of Friendship"

Having the prosperity of the Craft at Heart, and to promote and diffuse the genuine principles of the art, and for the convenience of our respective dwellings and other good reasons, and praying for a Warrant of Constitution.

Of the signatories to the petition thirteen were members of Zetland Lodge, then numbered 877. The petition was sponsored and recommended by six acting Officers and Past Masters of Hope Lodge, No. 379 Bradford West Yorkshire.

The signatories to the Petition nominated W. Bro. Robert Heward Goldthorpe as the first Master. Bro. Joseph Blacker Bennett as Senior Warden and Bro. Ephraim Gibson as Junior Warden.

The Warrant of the Lodge was granted on the 2nd June 1858 by the then Grand Master, R.W. Bro. The Earl of Zetland.

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Lodge Meetings

The first Regular Meeting of the Lodge of Friendship, then No. 1052 was held at the Masonic Hall in the Railway Hotel, Railway Street, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire on Monday 26th July 1858, when twelve members were present.

At the first meeting it was decided that subsequent meetings should be held on the Monday on or nearest to every full moon, and the Tyler was to receive an annual remuneration of two guineas.

On Wednesday the 6th July 1859 an emergency meeting of the Lodge was called for the purpose of holding the Quarterly Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge of West Yorkshire and for the Consecration and Dedication of the Lodge of Friendship.

The arrangement to meet on a Monday continued until December 1860, when it was unanimously decided that future meetings be held on the first Wednesday after the full moon, the first Regular Lodge Meeting to be held on a Wednesday was on February 27th 1861. This arrangement continues to this day  

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Why Meet on the Full Moon

As with many Lodges of that day, meetings were held on or around the full moon in order to provide brethren with as much light as possible to travel to and from their Lodge meetings.

(Street lighting was not a common facility until the early part of the 20th century).

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Re-Numbering of the Lodge

On the 5th August 1863 the Lodge was re-numbered from 1052 to 750 on the register of the Grand Lodge of England.

By 1874 the Lodge Room in the Railway Hotel was beginning to be considered inadequate and on the 4th March of that year a joint committee was formed with Zetland Lodge to consider the desirability of erecting a Masonic Hall.

Nothing fruitful resulted from the committee’s deliberations for, on the 29th May 1878 the then Worshipful Master proposed the purchase of and alteration to, our present premises at, 51, Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.

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