It all started at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern on St John's Day, 24th June 1717 when four London Lodges founded the world’s first Grand Lodge of Freemasons.
Today the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has over 200,000 members, who continue the 300 year old tradition of friendship, ceremony and helping others. Our members meet formally in the magnificent Freemasons’ Hall and informally over dinners in their local Lodges.
From services in the great cathedrals, which were built by our medieval forebears, to car rallies and family fun days up and down the country, 2017 was an eventful year. The highlight was a celebration of Freemasonry at the Royal Albert Hall on 31st October attended by 4,500 members, including representatives from over 130 sovereign Grand Lodges, and live-streamed to wider audiences around the world.
2017 was a year to look forward as well as back. We opened our doors to a film crew, who made a five part documentary 'Inside the Freemasons' which was aired on Sky1 and featured the daily lives of members and why Freemasonry mattered to them.
Join us on our journey through the next 300 years.