Chairman’s Message

Andy Barton.

Andy Barton.

I extend to you a warm welcome to the website for the Warrington Group of Masonic Lodges and Chapters.

This is a unique and interesting time to be a Freemason as we approach the tercentenary of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England. On 24 June 1717 four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern, declared themselves a Grand Lodge. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world.

Freemasons’ Lodges had already existed for some time. Warrington has a special place in the early history of Freemasonry as it is now well established that the first English speculative Freemason, Elias Ashmole, was initiated in Warrington on 16 October 1646. The oldest Lodge in the town, The Lodge of Lights No 148, has been meeting since 1765 and continues to meet to this day.

Warrington Freemasons would have originally met in taverns or inns. We now meet at the Warrington Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh Street and consider ourselves very lucky to have such a finely appointed building with such superb facilities.

Approximately 250 Masons meet on a regular basis. There are 14 lodges, five chapters and several other Masonic orders which use the hall, meeting every month, apart from the summer months of May through to the end of August. Warrington is one of 22 groups within the Masonic Province of West Lancashire, West Lancashire being the largest Province under the Grand Lodge of England.

Our membership believes in high moral standards and comprises of men from all walks of life. One of the aims of Freemasonry is to raise money for Masonic and Non-Masonic charities and local good causes.

Over the past 12 months the Warrington Freemasons alone have raised over £40,000.

A misunderstanding I often hear, is that you have to be invited to join the Masons. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If a man is interested, it is always preferred that he initiates the enquiry. We have had many enquiries via our website, leading to men joining and enjoying their newfound Masonic interest.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry in the Warrington Area.

For men who may wish to consider joining us, further information can be obtained from the Contact Us page of the website.

I do hope that you enjoy looking through our new website and find it interesting and enlightening.

Andy Barton

Group Chairman