Welcome to

The Lodge of Industry

No 48

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

Gateshead Masonic Hall, Alexandra Road, Gateshead NE8 1RB

Welcome to the Lodge of Industry No 48 official website


Celebrating 286 Years of Freemasonry
1735 – 2021

The lodge will be holding it’s first meeting since the lifting of restrictions on Monday 27th September 2021 and all visitors will be made welcome.   Please note that the Hall has a new caterer and meals are now required to be ordered in advance, therefore, if it’s your intention to dine please let the lodge secretary know in advance: industry.no48@gmail.com

The lodge meets on the fourth Monday of each month throughout the year with the exception of May, August and December tyling at 7:00pm and meets in the Gateshead Masonic Hall, Alexander Road, Gateshead NE8 1RB   The Installation Meeting and Annual Festival is held in March and normally tyles at 5:30pm.  There is a car park 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.


 Due the current coronavirus pandemic all Masonic activities are suspended and our Lodge is closed.   This is the first time in over three-hundred years of existence the Lodge has not met for over one whole year; our last meeting was held on 24th February 2020.   Therefore, we are all eager to resume our meetings, re-establish our friendships, but remain aware that restrictions may well be imposed once meetings can recommence, and precautions may need to be observed.    Whatever, if any, restriction are in force be reassured that you will be made most welcome as we once again meet under the banner of “Brotherly Love, Friendship and Truth”.


Our ancient Lodge has a long and distinguished history as the reader will discover from the section on its history, and it 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.   It is an established fact that 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 Peter J Bolam


About US

Do you want to learn more about our ancient fraternity?

What is Freemasonry

Have you ever wanted to know about our ancient fraternity but didn’t know who to ask?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies, it is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which will follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. Read on to find out more about our ancient society. If our values resonate with you and you would like to join us, please contact us.



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

Brotherly Love – Every true mason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding

Relief – Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own but for their community, both by charitable giving and voluntary efforts.

Truth – Freemasons are taught to strive for truth requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.


Freemasons are noted for giving to various charities and from its earliest days Freemasonry has been concerned especially with the care of orphans, the elderly and the sick. We give large sums of money to national and local charities.


Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not in anyway conflict in its members duties as citizens but should strengthen them in fullfilling their public and private responsibilities.

What is it all about?

Are you interested in Freemasonry and do you want to know how to get involved or dispel some myths about our ancient fraternity?