Ashbourne Freemasons’ Hall

The Town of Ashbourne stems from a small Saxon village first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Here it is referred to under its medieval name of ‘Essiburn’ or ‘Asseburn’ until ultimately being called ‘Ashbourne’. The ancient family of Cokaynes were settled in Ashbourne in 1110 and were here for 500 years. The earliest ancestor of […]

Bakewell Town Hall

In the 1880s, Bakewell badly needed a new Town Hall, the old Market Hall on Bridge Street which had fulfilled the purpose no longer had the facilities required by the Local Board. The town’s masonic Lodge, the Dorothy Vernon Lodge, formed in 1887, were the main voice calling for a new Town Hall. They had […]

Belper Freemasons’ Hall

Masonry started in Belper on Tuesday 7th June, 1859 with the consecration of Beaureper Lodge number 1089 in the New Inn (see photo) – now part of Colledges premises between Belper Market Place and St Peters Church. The second meeting was held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on  Wednesday 15th June 1859, at which […]

Burton-On-Trent Freemasons’ Hall

Freemasons Hall stands on a small part of the vast estates in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and other parts of the country formally owned by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquis’s of Anglesey, the Duke of Richmond. In 1870 a parcel of land bounded by Ashby Road, Stapenhill Road and the brook where Scalpcliffe Road now […]

Buxton Freemasons’ Hall

1870 – 1889… Just one year after the consecration of the lodge of St Anne in 1870, temporary accommodation for regular meetings were held in what was then referred to as the ‘OLD COURT HOUSE’ on George Street Buxton, this building had a past history of being the ‘Local Magistrate’s Courthouse’, also as officers for […]

Dore Freemasons’ Hall

From the date of the consecration of Chantrey Lodge 2355, on 30 July 1890 by the Right Worshipful Brother HC Okeover, DPG Master, PJGW until 1926 the Lodge Room and one cottage was rented from the Licensed Victuallers Benevolent Trust. During the intervening years such progress was made that extensions & improvements were necessary and […]