© Palatine Lodge 2447 - 1893 to 2018

A Brief History

On a cold winters day in Manchester, England, Friday 20th January 1893, ninety five Masons assembled at the Palatine Hotel in Hunts Bank, Victoria Street, near Victoria Station. Palatine Hotel was built in 1843, a massive edifice for its time, and built long before the nearby railway, initially the "Manchester and Leeds" railway but soon to become the "Lancashire and Yorkshire" Railway and its important terminus - Victoria Station, opened in 1844. For reasons not recorded in the minutes, though possibly because of expansion and redevelopment in the Long Millgate area, the Lodge moved to the Albion Hotel on the East Side of Piccadilly in central Manchester early in 1896. This was after the compilation of a special report by a committee appointed "to gain information with respect to a more suitable Lodge room", Victoria Hotel, Mosley Hotel, Freemason's Hall in Cooper Street, the Grand Hotel, as well as the Albion Hotel, are fully listed in this special report, which is still kept safely with other Lodge documents, and is very informative reading for conditions in late 1895. It lists all details of charges, catering, menus, accessibility, nights available, staff available, lighting, storage facilities etc., what Lodges already met there, even actual measurements of rooms and sufficiency of size - and toilet facilities. The Lodge grew, and grew, until "bursting at the seams" it had to move to still larger accommodation. It did so to the Midland Hotel, near to what was the "Cheshire Lines Railway" (later "Great Northern Railway") terminus - Central Station (now G-Mex) - in January 1904, when this new hotel was opened. This was then certainly a prestigious venue, encouraging further growth, successful Masonic meetings and popular social events, for almost 40 years. The Masonic Temple in Bridge Street, Manchester, now called the "Freemason's Hall", was dedicated on the 24th October 1929. It was available for Lodges and approaches were made for Palatine Lodge to move there, but apparently its facilities did not attract it from the Midland Hotel until March 1943, when this took place in the middle of World War II, no doubt brought about by complex wartime difficulties, though no specific reason is recorded. The last meeting at the Midland Hotel was the Installation of W.Bro Tom Bromley in January 1943, at 12.15pm on Saturday 16th, lunch at 1.30pm, 44 members/visitors being present. Due to the redevelopment of Freemasons Hall, and other geographical considerations, the Lodge moved again during the summer of 2009 to its present home at Middleton Masonic club  located on Manchester Old Road M24 4DY Manchester, England, telephone 0161 643 2951

The Lodge members

From Postmen to Accountants and Taxi Drivers to Management Consultants, we all have an interest in the history of Masonry spanning the course of more than two thousand years. A Masonic Lodge is a place of support, learning, advice, friendship and the opportunity to meet many more people with similar interests. Palatine Lodge meets at Middleton Masonic Club every fourth Monday of the month, from September to May with a break for the Christmas period in December, a total of eight times during a year. The meeting usually starts around 6pm and is generally concluded by 7:30 to 8pm, and afterwards continues in the dining room for a more informal get-together accompanied by an extremely good evening meal. Not only do we meet each other within a Masonic setting our wives and girlfriends also meet at least once a year, sometimes twice, for a social event consisting of a meal and entertainment enjoyed by all. It doesn’t stop there, at Palatine we organise an annual trip out to .. somewhere, in 2016 we hired two canal barges and spent the day on the canal at Marple, Cheshire and In 2017 we paid a visit to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury, Lancashire and had a very enjoyable day. The history of Palatine Lodge dates back more than 100 years, our centenary year was 1993 and we also celebrated our 1000th meeting in September 2010. More details can be found within these pages, please use the navigation bar to explore.. and remember, any questions, please contact us….

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A Brief History

On a cold winters day in Manchester, England, Friday 20th January 1893, ninety five Masons assembled at the Palatine Hotel in Hunts Bank, Victoria Street, near Victoria Station. Palatine Hotel was built in 1843, a massive edifice for its time, and built long before the nearby railway, initially the "Manchester and Leeds" railway but soon to become the "Lancashire and Yorkshire" Railway and its important terminus - Victoria Station, opened in 1844. For reasons not recorded in the minutes, though possibly because of expansion and redevelopment in the Long Millgate area, the Lodge moved to the Albion Hotel on the East Side of Piccadilly in central Manchester early in 1896. This was after the compilation of a special report by a committee appointed "to gain information with respect to a more suitable Lodge room", Victoria Hotel, Mosley Hotel, Freemason's Hall in Cooper Street, the Grand Hotel, as well as the Albion Hotel, are fully listed in this special report, which is still kept safely with other Lodge documents, and is very informative reading for conditions in late 1895. It lists all details of charges, catering, menus, accessibility, nights available, staff available, lighting, storage facilities etc., what Lodges already met there, even actual measurements of rooms and sufficiency of size - and toilet facilities. The Lodge grew, and grew, until "bursting at the seams" it had to move to still larger accommodation. It did so to the Midland Hotel, near to what was the "Cheshire Lines Railway" (later "Great Northern Railway") terminus - Central Station (now G-Mex) - in January 1904, when this new hotel was opened. This was then certainly a prestigious venue, encouraging further growth, successful Masonic meetings and popular social events, for almost 40 years. The Masonic Temple in Bridge Street, Manchester, now called the "Freemason's Hall", was dedicated on the 24th October 1929. It was available for Lodges and approaches were made for Palatine Lodge to move there, but apparently its facilities did not attract it from the Midland Hotel until March 1943, when this took place in the middle of World War II, no doubt brought about by complex wartime difficulties, though no specific reason is recorded. The last meeting at the Midland Hotel was the Installation of W.Bro Tom Bromley in January 1943, at 12.15pm on Saturday 16th, lunch at 1.30pm, 44 members/visitors being present. Due to the redevelopment of Freemasons Hall, and other geographical considerations, the Lodge moved again during the summer of 2009 to its present home at Middleton Masonic club  located on Manchester Old Road M24 4DY Manchester, England, telephone 0161 643 2951

-Welcome- to

Palatine Lodge

2447

The Lodge members

From Postmen to Accountants and Taxi Drivers to Management Consultants, we all have an interest in the history of Masonry spanning the course of more than two thousand years. A Masonic Lodge is a place of support, learning, advice, friendship and the opportunity to meet many more people with similar interests. Palatine Lodge meets at Middleton Masonic Club every fourth Monday of the month, from September to May with a break for the Christmas period in December, a total of eight times during a year. The meeting usually starts around 6pm and is generally concluded by 7:30 to 8pm, and afterwards continues in the dining room for a more informal get-together accompanied by an extremely good evening meal. Not only do we meet each other within a Masonic setting our wives and girlfriends also meet at least once a year, sometimes twice, for a social event consisting of a meal and entertainment enjoyed by all. It doesn’t stop there, at Palatine we organise an annual trip out to .. somewhere, in 2016 we hired two canal barges and spent the day on the canal at Marple, Cheshire and In 2017 we paid a visit to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury, Lancashire and had a very enjoyable day. The history of Palatine Lodge dates back more than 100 years, our centenary year was 1993 and we also celebrated our 1000th meeting in September 2010. More details can be found within these pages, please use the navigation bar to explore.. and remember, any questions, please contact us….
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