St Albans Lodge

Lodge Number: 2786
Consecration: 29 November 1899
Meeting Place: Ashwell House – St Albans
Meeting Dates: 3rd Thursday May (Installation)
3rd Thursday February
3rd Thursday March
3rd Thursday October
3rd Thursday November


The Lodge was consecrated at The Red Lion Hotel, St. Albans by the RW Bro Thomas Halsey MP.

As stated in ‘The Freemason’ 9th December 1899, the motive of the Founders was to start a firm determination to do good Masonic work, especially in Charity.

The Abbey of St. Alban is distinguished among all its peers as being the one upon which the first labours of an organised craft were employed. In the story of St. Alban, he is credited with being the first to introduce the art of Freemasonry into England. He was martyred in 304 AD. King Offa in the 8th century established a religious order and built the Abbey. He brought masons from the continent to design and carry out the work.

The first Master of the Lodge was Bro Charles Offord Burgess, who presented the original Banner to the Lodge, which now hangs in the Debenham Room at Ashwell House.

The Crest shown on the Banner incorporates the Abbey with the Mitre and Shield of the city.