May we first of all thank you for visiting our website. It is our hope that you, your families and friends will enjoy your visit and hopefully have a greater understanding of not only Minster Lodge but of our fraternity in general.
Our Lodge is a private and independent Lodge which was consecrated in 1924 receiving its Charter or Warrant from The United Grand Lodge of England.
It takes its name from that of York Minster and depicts this ancient building on our Banner which hangs proudly in our Lodge Room.
We are an organised society of men and enjoy the many and varied aspects that Freemasonry offers and we like to think that our aims in life will bring pleasure not only to ourselves, our families and friends, but also to society as a whole.
Freemasonry has been active in the City of York from a very early period and can be traced back to the 17th Century.
The United Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1813, following the Union of two separate Grand Lodges of England, formed in 1717 and 1751 respectively, and is located at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, in London. It is open to the public and Freemasons alike should they wish to visit.
During the 19th century Freemasonry expanded throughout England and Wales and due to this expansion Provincial Grand Lodges were formed; these all came under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge. Within the jurisdiction of each Provincial Grand Lodge area, we have the Craft Lodges, Minster Lodge is one of several lodges that meet in three separate Masonic Halls within the City of York.
Freemasonry in England and Wales has therefore grown into a large, well-structured organisation and has in total some 270,000 members enjoying the many benefits that this organisation offers.
Minster Lodge is proud to belong to such a great organisation which provides its members with many benefits and also supports the community both locally and nationally with its charitable donations.
If we can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Perhaps you would like to arrange to visit us at our Masonic Hall and take a tour. We would be delighted to meet you, your family and friends.