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 285 Years of Freemasonry
1735 – 2020

The United Grand Lodge of England has now lifted its suspension of all Masonic activities but the Board of Directors of the Gateshead Masonic Hall Company Ltd has decided not to reopen the building until January 2021.  This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with any new guidelines issued by HM Government and the United Grand Lodge of England.

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.


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?