John D Turpin
A warm welcome from John D Turpin, group chairman
In my role as Group chairman, I bid you a warm welcome to our website and hope that you will find it both interesting and enjoyable.
Freemasonry first came to Blackpool in 1847, a year after the railway station was completed in the town. Sadly the first Lodge did not survive for long. However, a few years later in 1857 another was formed, Clifton Lodge, and it still meets today. More Lodges were formed in the last quarter of the 19th century and we later saw the “boom” times of the post-war periods after 1918 and after 1945.
In 1888 a plot of land was purchased in Adelaide Street, Blackpool, for the sum of £1,700. In May 1898 the cornerstone was laid for a Masonic Hall by the Right Honourable Lord Skelmersdale PGW and on completion in September 1899 the building was also opened by him when he had become Lord Latham and the new Provincial Grand Master.
Freemasonry has grown over the last 150 years much in line with the growth of Blackpool as Britain’s premier seaside resort.
Today 19 lodges regularly meet at the Masonic Hall in Adelaide Street with a total of some 660 subscribing members. Membership is not restricted in terms of cost or occupation and is open to all men who are over 21 years of age, who share our moral and social values and can afford the modest annual fees. Lodge meetings are held each month, normally between September and May.
In our meetings we learn about Masonic principles and their application in daily life for the betterment of ourselves and society in general. Meetings are followed by a good meal with our friends and guests.
Blackpool, has one particular rarity, a daytime lodge, Symphony Lodge No. 4,924. This Lodge was formed in 1927 specifically to accommodate the artists and musicians who would obviously be working in the evenings. Many famous stars of stage and screen have over the years attended Symphony Lodge while appearing in summer season shows in the town.
It has been recognised that the Masonic Hall needed to be updated and modernised to attract a younger membership with their families to use the facilities. So the club over the last few years has carried out extensive redecoration, especially in the internal public areas. However, it still retains its original character and can proudly boast a hidden gem, a particularly magnificent Lodge room.
Our wives, partners and families are an essential ingredient in the enjoyment of Freemasonry and they contribute greatly in the rising success of our Masonic Hall and its lodges.
I hope this has given you a flavour of Freemasonry in Blackpool. Should you be interested in finding out more about our activities please go to our Contact Us page. We will be delighted to provide you with further information.