Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.


Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles.

Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.

Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.

Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.

Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.

Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.


Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby, having fun. There are 200,000 Freemasons belonging to over 7,000 lodges in the UK and 2 million Freemasons worldwide.

  • Freemasonry is one of the largest and oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations in the world.

  • Freemasonry doesn't discriminate on grounds of race, colour, religion, political views or social standing.

  • Freemasons make major contributions to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds.


Watch this short video to find out more about Freemasonry and what you can expect if you join our brotherhood.

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