“That one thing we have to teach, that one thing we Masons have as the key to our secret, the end-all and the be-all of Freemasonry is, you are my brother and I am yours.”
Conrad Hahn – Apollo Lodge № 59
Freemasonry in Belper
Masonry started in Belper on Tuesday 7th June, 1859 with the consecration of Beaureper Lodge number 1089 in the New Inn (see photo) – now part of Colledges premises between Belper Market Place and St Peters Church.
The second meeting was held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on Wednesday 15th June 1859, at which the Marquis of Hartington was in attendance. On the 4th July 1863, Grand Lodge renumbered the lodges and Beaureper became number 787 which it still is today.
The lodge met at a number of different locations in Belper until 1947 when it moved to the Ladies Conservative Club Rooms – now known as Belper Masonic Hall, Campbell Street.
The hall was acquired in 1951 but was mainly used as a government building until about 1960 – many long standing brethren remember coming to the hall with their coupons to get rations ! The hall has been expanded over the last 30 years with the addition of a kitchen, ladies toilets and bar extension. Since 1960, a number of other lodges and side orders have regularly met in Belper.
The following masonic “craft” lodges meet in Belper, please click on the lodge name to send an e-mail to the secretary or click here to send questions to Richard Moss:
What is Freemasonry
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practiced under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
- Masonry consists of a body of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual,social and moral improvement.
- Masonry emphasises the duties of citizenship.
- Masonry offers no monetary advantages.
- Masonry supports a wide range of charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire website has additional information for potential and existing Freemasons.