Carnforth Lodge No.4951
The ‘Railway’ Town of Carnforth
Gateway to the Lake District
In the rural settings of Morecambe Bay
and ideally situated just off the M6
Is the ‘place’ you will find
CARNFORTH LODGE No: 4951
Warrant of the Lodge dated 3rd August 1927
Consecrated under the guidance of W Bro Llewellyn Bailey PGD
on Thursday 29th March 1928
The ninth Lodge at that time in the Lancaster and District Group of Lodges
The initiative of Worshipful Brother John Smalley PPr DGDC and six other enlightened brethren ensured a Lodge was formed after nine informal meetings between 1926 and 1928, held at the Royal Station Hotel Carnforth – this was to become our ‘first’ home.
In July 1926 a petition for its formation came through Arthur John Brogden Lodge No: 1715 – their Warrant goes back to July 1877. Of the twenty six ‘Founders’ – 12 were members of Arthur John Brogden; 2 from other Lodges in Cumberland & Westmorland; 9 came from Lancaster Lodges; 1 from Morecambe; 1 from Manchester and 1 from Stafford. A fairly ‘cosmopolitan’ bunch!!
Worshipful Brother Smalley was our ‘first’ Master – in June 1928 it was recorded that 5 Joining members and 12 new gentlemen were proposed for membership. We were up and running and had to do two ceremonies at a regular meeting.
In 1941 the Station Hotel was taken over by the Military for ‘the purpose of War’. The Brethren, on the invitation of their Mother Lodge, were forced to meet in Grange over Sands. Having to catch the ‘Masonic train’ there and back, until the return in 1947.
The formation of Carnforth Masonic Hall Company under the watchful eye of its Secretary, one Colin Penty Wright (Yes, now our very own RW P Pr GM) lead to the purchase and Consecration in 1977 by Sir Knowles Edge Prov GM of ‘new’ Lodge premises within the historic Co-op Hall buildings on New Street, along with that of our daughter, Warton Lodge No: 8411; Carnforth Chapter No: 4951; Carnforth Masonic Study Circle and The Commemorative Order of St Thomas of Acon – St Nicholas Anglicorum Chapel No 5.
The CMHCO Ltd purchased new premises , Kerneforde Hall , 65 Haws Hill Carnforth LA5 9DG in March 2012 and the lodge shared the opening evening with Warton Lodge. The facilities of the Hall Company are available for general use and for any other Masonic business. We do take pleasure in welcoming visiting Masons to our Meetings, which are held on the Fourth Wednesday from September to May (the December meeting is on the Third Wednesday) – the Installation Meeting is held in March.
Our Ladies also meet with us, particularly at our social events, as do family and non Masonic friends who want to share in our fellowship and experience the fraternal spirit.
contact the Lodge Secretary –email
Directions on how to get to Kerneforde Hall are also on the Group Website
Meets at Carnforth Masonic Hall,
Kerneforde Hall, 65 Haws Hill, Carnforth, LA5 9DG
on the fourth Wednesday in the Months of
September to May.
(December is third Wednesday)
The Installation meeting is in March.
December – Christmas Party