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We are very proud of the fact that our Lodge has been in
existence for 146 years, meeting in the same Masonic hall,
in Old Elvet, Durham City, Co. Durham, England.
A city which can trace its history back more than a thousand
years, to the arrival of a religious community seeking a permanent
resting place for the body of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.
As a shrine for their saint, they built first a wooden, then
a stone church, on top of a rocky hill, protected on three
sides by the River Wear.
Following the Norman conquest of 1066, King William also found
this site appealing and realised it offered an ideal strategic
location from which to rule Northumbria and defend the region
against the Scots. The community of Cuthbert gave way to Benedictine
Monks and a Bishop appointed by the king. They began the building
of the Cathedral, to provide a monumental shrine for St Cuthbert,
and the Castle, to act as protection for the Cathedral and
to provide a palace for the Bishop.
The result was one of the most impressive construction projects
ever undertaken. The panoramic view of the Cathedral
and Castle has been described as ‘one of the finest architectural
experiences of Europe’ and together they are now designated
a World Heritage Site.
As Worshipful Master of Norman Lodge I hope to continue the
good works of my many distinguished predecessors.
Our Lodge meets 10 times a year, on the third Wednesday of
the month except for July and August when we take our summer
We welcome visitors from Lodges around the world working
under constitutions approved by the United Grand Lodge of
England (UGLE). Please contact our Lodge
Secretary for information if you wish to attend our Lodge
Sincere and fraternal greetings
W Bro Frederick Colley
Worshipful Master 2019