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Humber Daggards

(W Bros Richard Smedley, David Terry, Des Ashton and Eddie Wildman are all members of Humber Lodge 57) enjoyed a convivial evening performing at the St John's Lodge 1736 in Blackwell, Halifax, in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Festive Board Entertainment was the theme of their presentation which indeed continued after the ceremony, during the meal and into the toasts. The Lodge Room upstairs was filled almost to capacity - the WM, W Bro D Bowen remarked that it was gratifying to see such numbers which normally met only at Installations. The assembled Brethren made a splendid sound joining in the choruses. It was particularly rewarding when a ninety-four year old Mason, in the forty-fourth year of the Craft, said it was one of the best nights he's experienced in Freemasonry. People left with smiles on their faces and a song on their lips. The Daggards were delighted to receive a handsome donation, which will, of course, go towards local charities. Pictured: W Bros Ashton, Terry, Bowen, Smedley and Wildman.

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One of the earliest records of Freemasonry in England is contained in the diary of Elias Ashmole, the Antiquarian (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), wherein under date October 16th, A.D. 1646, is written: "I was made a Freemason at Warrington in Lancashire".


The First Grand Lodge of England was formed in A.D. 1717, but owing to differences of opinion a rival Grand Lodge was formed in A.D. 1751, thereafter calling themselves the "Ancients" and the original Grand Lodge the "Moderns".

1756 Warrant of Constitution

  Old Humber Lodge Room

A warrant of Constitution, Numbered 53 (picture above), was issued to a Lodge in Liverpool by the Duke of Atholl, Grand Master of the "Ancients", May 19th A.D. 1756.

This Lodge apparently lapsed, and the warrant used in AD 1775 by another Lodge in Liverpool, which Lodge was eventually suspended.

In AD 1809 this warrant was transferred (by endorsement) to Hull, to a Lodge known as the "Ancient Knight Templars", whose meetings were held at the Fleece Inn in the Market Place.

On July 2nd AD 1810, the name of the Lodge was changed to that of the "Humber".

In AD 1813, the Two Grand Lodges, the "Ancients" and the "Moderns" became united under the title of the United Grand Lodge of England; the Humber Lodge became No. 73 on the Register therof, and was so recorded until AD 1832 when, upon a renumbering of the Lodges under the Constitution, it was reduced to No. 65, and in AD 1863 this was again reduced to No. 57, which number it still remains.


William Crow Lieut. RN - Humber 57 WM 1825 and 1830 and 1831

Thomas Feetam - Humber 57 WM 1827 and 1850

The Installation Meetings of the Humber Lodge were originally held on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24th, but since AD 1843, the Installation has been held on the Festival of St. John the Evangelist, December 27th.

However, in later years, the Humber Lodge has shared a Lodge building with other Lodges, the Installation meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of December.

The Humber Lodge, in AD 1938, was one of the largest private lodges with a subscribing membership of 286.


The photographs on this page were extracted from the History of the Humber Lodge book and the text above is extracted from the Humber Ritual book.

The picture of the Lodge Room (above) is the Humber Lodge room in Osbourne Street\Anne Street, Hull, here photographed before it was destroyed by enemy action on the night of 7/8th May A.D.1941. Temple was destroyed but the most important of the few artefacts which survived, was the original ‘Warrant’ which hung on the only surviving wall of the destroyed building.

Jeremiah Stark - Humber 57 WM 1838

John P. Bell MD - Humber 57 WM 1842 and 1843

William Tenneyman - Worshipful Master in the year of 1871

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