A Welcome

Hello and on behalf of the brethren of the Mersey Lodge I would like to welcome you to our Lodge website.

This site contains information and facts about Freemasonry, some Masonic history from England and Wales, with a special focus on London Masonry and of course this Lodge.

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We do hope that your visit to this site may ignite or maybe just fan your interest in the oldest and biggest secular fraternity in the World – the Free and Accepted Masons (aka Freemasons aka Masons aka the Masonic etc). Please do leave a comment to let us know what you think of the site.

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41 thoughts on “A Welcome”

  1. Hi,

    I live in London and I would like to learn more about Freemasonry.
    I have been reading about it, however I don’t know any one that I could talk to and ask questions.

    Could you help me.

    Thank you

    1. Hi There, thank you for your message and I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you, Ive been a bit too busy to look at the site.

      The first thing that you have to do to become a Freemason is to ask a Freemason that you know to Propose you to his Lodge. If you don’t know any Freemasons (I didn’t) it is quite possible to get to know one by contacting us through sites like our Lodge site and saying so.

      I will send you a private email so that you can tell me a bit about yourself.

  2. I would like to be a member of masonry, and am from nigeria and I don’t know where they have there meetings so that I can contact them. Please kindly send me their address or website.

  3. Dear Mike,
    I have visited with great pleasure the Mersey Lodge website since I am interested to join people sharing common values such as integrity and responsibility towards human kind.
    I would like to know if f I may have the honour to be part of it and possibly arrange a meeting.

    Thank you

    Kind regards

    1. Hi there, I will send you aqn email to get some basic info and we’ll see if we can help you to join. Mike

  4. Hi brother MIKE Am sorry fo that am from mwanza Tanzania and my nearest lodge is 7485 mwanza lodge but i do’nt know where is located ,can u locate me or give a telephone no. of grand master of that lodge.

    1. Hello there, I am sorry but you cannot become a Freemason in Saudi Arabia as it is an illegal pasttime there.

  5. Dear Sir and Bro
    your lodge jewel is for sale on ebay. Item 301097575086 refers
    I am not the seller
    yrs s&f

    L 4486

    1. Hi David,
      Thank you for the heads-up but I have a permanent search on Ebay fro anything that is coinnected to us and had already written to the seller asking if he could separate it but he can’t as many people have already bid on the item. Mike

  6. Dear Mike,
    I have visited with the Mersey Lodge website, and got very interested in the masonry. I have been reading about it, however I don’t know any one that I could talk to and ask questions.

    Thank you for your attention,

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Yitzhak,
      Thank you for your message. If you are interested in becoming a Freemason you will need to make contact with Freemasons where you are as it is not something that you can do from a distance.

      Working by your IP Address you seem to be in the Carribean so maybe have a look at the following site that may help http://www.districtgrandlodge.org/contact-us.html or try contacting the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Venezuela,

      Good luck,

  7. Hi my name is Casey bridwell and in wondering if have a family member in the free masons wondering if my grandfather James h sawyer was a free mason or someone in his family is ?

  8. hello Mike,

    much greetings from my side, i live in east africa and have tried joining but it seems that i come accross with frauds, kindly help since i dont know one since 2b1ask1. Regards

    1. Hi Ian and thank you for contacting us.

      It is very easy to avoid scam organisations in East Africa, you should only make contact with the District Grand Lodges that come under the three British Grand Lodges for example contact ours at: http://www.dgleastafrica.org/

  9. Greetings!

    Enjoyed viewing your website.

    Raymond Sean Walters
    Internet Lodge #9659

  10. Hello, my father Herbert Palgrave Wood was a Freemason and I believe a member of Mersey Lodge? He died in 1954 when I was 2yrs old and my mother always kept his apron and some books. I have had these in my possession for some years now but obviously have no use for them but in no way could I just throw them away. The apron is kid leather and is somewhat shabby and smells a little musty. I will attempt to attach a photo to the e-mail. There is a book entitled Manual of Freemasonary and another United Grand Lodge of England Constitutions 1947 and two hard backed books with typewriter printed pages with lots of coded words and censoring. Could you please let me know if there is anywhere I could send these to. With thanks. PS can’t attach a photo

    1. Hi Liz and thank you for contacting us.

      I have had a quick look through our old (hand-written and hard to read) committee minutes and can’t find your dad’s name which may mean that he was a member of the other Mersey Lodge up in Lancashire, the way to be sure would be to know the number which comes after the Lodge’s name.

      Some Masonic Provinces are able to recycle old regalia and books although it is more common to do it through Ebay nowadays. What his Lodge would be interested in is whether he was a Past Master of it as Past Masters are presented with a “jewel” to mark this and which we usually return to the Lodge when no longer required so that it can be presented to future Masters.

      If you want to email me a picture at mail@mcmartin908(dot)fsnet(dot)co(dot)uk (replace (dot) with a dot) I will be able to tell you if I can find a home for them.


  11. Dear Sir & Brother,
    My mother Lodge has just lost a very senior Brother and we wish to use your ritual for a “Lodge of Sorrow”.
    I ask your permission, because several of your members, including W.Bro. Paul French have been regular visitors to New River Lodge and are attending the meeting.
    I look forward to hearing that this is acceptable.
    Nick White
    New River Lodge
    No. 4502

    1. Dear Nick,

      If it was needed you would have my permission but it is not. This is just one of the fragments of our lost traditions that I have picked up on my “journeys”.

      If it is at your next meeting (04/06) I look forward to it as I will be there hopefully accompanyiong our newest member.


  12. Hi Brother Mike,
    Am a student here in Tanzania but interested to join freemasonry,
    i beg your help please,
    thank you

  13. I am from Mombasa Kenya and i am fully willing to join the Freemason. Please any one who can help me through to join the membership.

  14. Dear Brother Mike,

    As a non active MM of 6218 St Martins Barnehurst I am considering renewing my membership in the craft and joining either my mother lodge or another, more local lodge.
    One consideration I would like to investigate is the possibility of (with others) forming a brand new lodge which is affiliated in some way to my local non league football club. I am certain there are many brethren amongst the supporters who would welcome the opportunity to be part of a lodge with a kinship to the club.
    Any advice on all of the above would be welcome.
    Fraternally yours

    1. Hi Ray, Sounds like an interesting idea and I think it’s the first time that I’ve heard of a Lodge linked to a specific football club.
      Sadly, other than the fact that it is very expensive to Found a new Lodge I don’t know much else about it except that you do have to have permission from the Provincial Grand Master to do so. As EUFC is in the Masonic Province of East Kent you might find some info/guidance on its website here: http://eastkentfreemasons.org/ .
      Good luck and let me know how you get on.

  15. Hi i’v tried to get the location of freemason church in kenya mombasa but i have no idea where to find one.Please help me get a real masonic agent’s contacts and the location of the church too.

  16. Hi There

    I have found two aprons from a relative that has passed away, one of which is from the 1930’s when he wad in Mersey Lodge, of which he was a Worshipful Master
    I was wondering if they could be re-homed in a museum or whats best to do with them. I spoke to the local Masonic Hall, but they had no imterest in them.
    Your advice would grately be received.

    1. Hi Ceri,
      Thank you for your message and I’m sorry to hear of your bereavement.

      I’m afraid that aprons are only really “cherished” when they are of a special nature, most Lodges would only really look to take back their Past Masters’ Jewels and this only because they are “recycled” to new Masters of the Lodge who have their names added to the engraving. Mine was worn by the master in 1976. If you have a picture of what you have you can send it to me and I can tell whether they are something that a Museum or Lodge could use or whether they should be offered up to Ebay.


    1. Hi and thank you for your message. I’m afraid we can’t help you as this Lodge is in London (England) and your IP Address shows that you are on the island of St. Lucia.

      If you are interested in joining you should make contact with the District Grand Lodge of Barbados and the Caribbean or the Abercrombie Lodge No. 2788 whose details you should be able to find locally

  17. I am editor of the Square magazine and would like to include your Graveside address and possibly lodge of sorrow in the next issue. This would be attributed to your site of course.
    Is this acceptable to you?

    1. Hi Mike and thank you for the contact.

      Neither document are owned by us, I actually transcribed the Graveside Address from an old book in my Library (that predated the UGLE suppression of it) it must have been either a John T Lawrence one of possibly even from British Masonic Miscellany. I shall check and let you know.

    2. Hi Mike just to clarify I found it in the end it is transcribed from the book “Freemasonry and its Etiquette” by William Preston Campbell-Everden and published in 1955

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