Our History

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. There are many legends linked to its birth but the general consensus amongst masonic scholars is that it descends directly or indirectly from the organisation of operative stone masons, those who built the great cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages. However, evidence exists of gentlemen being made Freemasons in non-operative lodges, by the late 1600`s.

The original area of County Durham lies only 50 miles from the Scottish border and has within its boundaries many places of historic significance and great natural beauty. The limits of the original County were marked by the River Tyne to the North, the River Tees to the South, the North Sea Coast to the East and the Pennine Hills to the West.

The growth of Freemasonry in the county may be considered in three distinct parts

Earliest records to 1734

Earliest records to the appointment of a Provincial Grand Master in 1734.
Continued below…

1734 to 1787

The appointment of a Provincial Grand Master to the formation of Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham

1788 to date

Formation of Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham