Eight Lodges meet at The Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street Bath BA1 1JU. This beautiful listed building, formerly the original Theatre Royal is in the centre of Bath just two minutes walk from the railway station. The illustration on the right shows the theatre circa 1805. The appearance of the building has changed little in the intervening 220 years. A visit to this Masonic hall is a must for anyone interested in the history of this Georgian City.
For details of guided tours of the building follow the link to the Old Theatre Royal website at the bottom of this page.
Royal Cumberland Lodge No. 41
Regular meetings: the first Thursday at 18.15hrs of Oct – Installation 16.45, Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar, Apr (2nd Tues) May,
Royal Cumberland is the oldest Lodge in Bath and indeed in Somerset. It can trace it’s history back to 1732 when members gathered for their meetings in the Bear Inn
Royal Sussex Lodge No. 53
Regular meetings: the first Monday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov at 18:30 – Installation Dec at 18.00.
The Lodge that is now known as Royal Sussex Lodge No53 was founded in Bath and like many Lodges of the time has a rich and chequered history. As was common in those days the Lodge met in various hostelries and latterly in the first, and purpose built, Masonic Hall in Bath situated in York Street (now the Friends Meeting House). The Lodge was Warranted in 1812 when the Members applied to the then Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Sussex, for the honour to use his name.
When events led to the closure of the Masonic Hall the Lodge resumed meeting in various other locations in Bath. In 1863 following various re-organisations and the creation of United Grand Lodge the Royal Sussex Lodge was re-numbered 53, the number it bears to this day.
In 1866 several prominent Members of the Lodge were instrumental in purchasing the First Theatre Royal, that was vacant following the move of the Catholic Church to the newly constructed St John’s Church, to create the current Masonic Hall in Old Orchard Street.
The present-day Lodge still meets in Old Orchard Street with a Membership made up of men from varied walks of life, ages and experience but who all share a love of Freemasonry and a desire to preserve the rich history of the Lodge and traditions of Freemasonry.
We welcome new members who would like to be part of this rich heritage. All who join or visit Royal Sussex No53 can be sure the will receive a warm welcome
Contact the Lodge Secretary: John Nicholson
Lodge of Honour No 379
Regular meetings: the second Monday at 18.30hrs Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec – Installation 17.00
The Lodge dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history. More details can be found on the Lodge of Honour web site
Contact the Lodge Secretary: Roger Penny
Royal Albert Edward Lodge No. 906
Regular meetings: the fourth Wednesday at 18.30hrs Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct – Installation 17.00 and Dec (1st Wednesday)
Contact the Lodge Secretary: David E Burchell
Somerset Masters’ Lodge No 3746
Regular meetings: the last Monday in February at 11.00 am and the last working day in October at 11.00 am
Although the Lodge has its home at Bath meetings are held at various venues throughout the Province.
The aims and objectives of the Somerset Masters’ Lodge are to provide the opportunity for Masters in Office, Past Masters, Rulers of the Craft and other Orders to meet in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Further to encourage interest in all aspects of Freemasonry and to promote discussion, debate and Masonic research.
Contact the Lodge Secretary:Neil Hawes
St Alphege Lodge No 4095
Regular meetings: the first Saturday at 18.00hrs Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar, Apr – Installation,16.30
Originally to have been called the “William Long Lodge”, at the behest of Grand Lodge the name “St Alphege” was adopted and the Lodge was warranted in 1920. Meeting on a Saturday the Lodge is always well attended and is very proud to be associated with the Universities Scheme
St Lukes Lodge No 6540
Regular Meetings: the Third Friday at 18.30, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct – (Installation 17.00), Nov, Dec.
Formed in 1947, St Luke’s Lodge originated from the Admiralty Civil Servants who moved to Bath following the outbreak of World War 2 and wished to continue with their Masonic activities. Nowadays its membership covers many different backgrounds with a good mix of ages, which extend a warm welcome to fraternal visitors and to those interested in learning more about the principles and privileges of masonry alike. More details on the St Lukes Lodge web site.
Elizabethan Lodge No. 7296
Regular meetings: the first Tuesday of: Feb, Mar, Oct -Installation, Nov, Dec. Normally at 6.15 pm (times may vary slightly)
The youngest Lodge meeting in Bath, the Elizabethan Lodge was Consecrated on 24 November 1953, shortly after the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
There is an informal Lodge of Instruction on the second Thursday in January, February, March, September, October and November
Contact the Lodge Secretary: Peter Leycock
The Dunckerley Club
The objective of the Dunckerley Club is to support the elder Brethren who perhaps don’t attend or are unable to visit Lodges in the evenings. The Dunckerley Club relies heavily upon the North East Somerset Almoners and the Brethren in general to promote the Club and it’s objectives under the auspices of the newly formed Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (SMFA)
For more information or to book in for the next meeting contact David Hogg.
The last three Meetings of the Dunckerley Club in Bath have been a great success and very happy occasions, where old friends met together to catch up with news and did a bit of reminiscing.
The name of the Club has been formally adopted as it recognises a man who did so much for Freemasonry in his time, as have our older Brethren, in theirs.
V W Bro Denis Calderley is our Chairman, which neatly mirrors his responsibility for the North East Area of the Somerset Masonic Friendship Association.
Indeed, recognising the geographic coverage of SMFA(NE) it is an appropriate time to expand our horizons and we now plan to meet in rotation at other venues in the area; starting with our next Meeting on Saturday 15th November, in Keynsham.
Again, younger Brethren are encouraged to seek out and accompany an older Brother but wives, partners, widows and non-masonic friends will also be made very welcome.
Disabled Access – Cloakroom, dedicated disabled toilet, and the Lodge Room are all available on the ground floor. Access to the bar and dining room on the first floor is by a newly installed lift, as is the Museum in the Vaults below
Directions – The Masonic Hall is in Old Orchard Street off Henry St. limited street parking. From North & East (M4/A46/A4) enter on A4. Follow Bristol signs. At Railway over bridge turn right (signed City Centre). At junction turn left into Manvers St. Public car park is 150 metres on left. From South East enter on A36. Follow City Centre as above. From South enter on A367. Follow City Centre signs to Dorchester St. and pass Bus Station. Turn left at Railway Station into Manvers St. public car park 200 metres on right. From South West/West (A37/A39/A4) enter on A39-A4-A36. Keep on A36 to Churchill River Bridge then follow City Centre to Bus Station as above. Additional parking beneath Southgate Shopping Centre (entrance immediately after pedestrian crossing at junction of A367 Corn St. with Dorchester St.).