In The Province of
Yorkshire West Riding

FREEMASONS' HALL • UPPERMILL

CANDOUR HISTORY

  • The first Lodge meeting was held on 25 December 1812 at the house of William Bell - known as 'The Bell Inn' - at New Delph in the Parish of Saddleworth.

  • At that meeting John Schofield was elected Master for 1813, Josiah Lawton, Senior Warden, and William Whitehead, Junior Warden.

  • The first initiate in the Lodge was James Kershaw who was admitted into Freemasonry on 20 January 1813.

  • Over the years, the Lodge has met in four separate premises.


At the Bell Inn, Delph
25 December 1812 - 10 November 1853

At the Swan with Two Necks, Dobross
11 November 1853 - 24 January 1861

At the Commercial Inn, Uppermill
25 January 1861 - 12 April 1881

At Freemasons' Hall
13 April 1881 to present


  • The present Lodge building was built by members of the Lodge at a cost of £884 18s 10d and furnished at a cost of £129 12s 1d.

  • In 1812 the number of members was 11. From 1812 to the end of 1901, the monthly meetings of the Lodge were held on the Thursday nearest the Full Moon.

  • Since 1 January 1902 meetings have been held on the second Thursday of every month.

  • The Lodge celebrated 200 continuous years of Freemasonry in 2012 and is now one of the longest established Lodges in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.

'Candour is one of the longest established Lodges in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding'