Welcome to
The Lodge of Industry


Celebrating 287 years

of Freemasonry

1735 – 2022


The oldest Freemasons Lodge in the Province of Durham which meets at

Gateshead Masonic Hall, Alexandra Road, Gateshead NE8 1RB


The Beehive is emblematic of the Masonic lodge and industriousness of Freemasons.


The Lodge meets on the fourth Monday of each month with the exception of May, August and December tyling at 7:00pm.

The Installation Meeting and Annual Festive Board is held in March and normally tyles at 5:30pm.  There is ample car parking at the rear of the building.

A message of welcome from our Worshipful Master


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Lodge of Industry No 48 in the Province of Durham.   It is hoped that this website will be both informative and of interest not only to Freemasons but also to those curious to find out more about Freemasonry in general and our Lodge in particular.


Our ancient Lodge is reputed to be one of the oldest Lodges in the English Constitution.   It was certainly known about in 1717 when the Grand Lodge of England was formed, although it did not join Grand Lodge until 1735.   The Lodge was founded by Operative Masons and the membership remained purely operative for many years afterwards.   This is a distinction that no other Lodge in the English Constitution can now claim, thus giving the Lodge a uniqueness of which we are extremely proud.


 As Master of the Lodge I can assure that any Brother who visits our Lodge will receive a very warm welcome.


Thank you for visiting our website and please visit again soon, as it is still under development and additional pages will be published.


Yours sincerely and fraternally,

Bro Dr Anthony T Richardson

What is Freemasonry? 


Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies, it is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.

We also are very proactive in supporting charitable organisations and extending benevolence worldwide.

Are you interested in Freemasonry and do you want to know more ?
If so, email us at industry.no48@gmail.com


For many years Freemasons have followed the three great principles which are:

Brotherly Love