Waytemore Castle Lodge

Lodge Number: 8920
Consecration: 18 April 1980
Meeting Place: St Michaels Masonic Hall – Bishops Stortford
Meeting Dates: 2nd Friday September (Installation)
3rd Friday January
1st Friday March
3rd Friday April
3rd Friday November


The idea of a new Lodge was conceived following an observation by RW Bro Guy Halsey, Provincial Grand Master in 1978 that it was more than ninety years since the last Open Lodge in Bishop’s Stortford was consecrated. The name was derived from an original Saxon Castle known as Wiging-mere or Waytemore, which was erected in the ninth century by Edward the Elder, thereafter passing to Edith the Fair, wife of King Harold, who, after his death, sold it to the Bishop of London.

The castle is in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford, where, during the 18th century, alms were distributed to the poor folk of the town. The Banner depicts an historical view of the castle entrance, researched from a number of ancient prints.