Rowland Burdon L3960

Who are we?

Rowland Burdon No 3960 (Consecrated in 1924) has a vibrant group of members who believe in Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. 

As Freemasons, we meet on the level. It’s the character of the member that is important and not their social status, age, ability or disability. We are inclusive and welcome everyone. Freemasons will always adapt and assist members and visitors to fully participate in, and enjoy, our facilities.

Historically the Lodge drew membership from the local mining community, however in more modern times we have had a substantial number of military veterans and motorcyclists from the Widows Sons group join the Lodge.

We incorporate modern everyday requirements to enhance the quality of membership and foster a feeling of belonging whilst upholding the traditions of the Lodge. 

What we do

Rowland Burdon Lodge prides itself on being a group of forward-thinking Freemasons with a common goal: to meet with like-minded people and to enjoy each other’s company in a supportive, respectful, and non-judgemental environment. We try to make a difference, to make each other better human beings and in turn, make our communities better by our example. 

Why join us?

Rowland Burdon Lodge is the founding Lodge at Castle Eden, and we have a wide cross section of members of all ages and from all walks of life who believe in having fun, being proactive, living life to the full, and working hard.  Above all, we believe in helping others and always have charity in mind.

When we meet

3rd Wednesday of the month March till December.
Installation is in October.


Joining fee: £40

Lodge subscriptions: £225

Typical dining fee: included in the Lodge subscription and Visitors do not pay a dining fee.


facilities at Castle Eden Masonic Hall


Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Co. Durham, TS27 4SD

Hall information

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The Masonic Hall benefits from its own ample on-site private parking which is covered by CCTV. This is gravel based carpark catering for up to 30 vehicles. Accessible parking spaces are located approximately 15m from the Hall entrance.


A straight and level access from the carpark to the front entrance. The path is level concrete with hand rails along its length;


Wide double doors and a level entrance.


Emergency exits on the Ground floor lead directly to the car parking area, and the emergency exit from first floor has steps to ground level. A defibrillator is located in the ground floor foyer.


Castle Eden Masonic Hall was built in 1924, a time before disabilities were fully considered in building design. That being said, the unique design of the building, access to it, and the adaptions made, facilitate accessibility. 


Male and disabled accessible toilets are located on the ground floor. Female and disabled accessible toilet toilets are located on the first floor, adjacent to the dining area.


The ground floor is all on one level with no steps or ramps. From the main reception foyer, there is direct level access to the large changing room, toilets and the Temple. There is a hearing loop in the temple for those that require it. On the first floor there is the kitchen, bar and dining room; all on one level. The dining area has adequate seating for around 90 persons depending on the table arrangement. Dining tables are wheelchair accessible.


There is a Stair lift to the first floor dining room.  Stairs have handrail on one side.

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