Grand Lodge

The United Grand Lodge of England and Wales
United Grand Lodge of England and Wales
Freemasons' Hall
60 Great Queen Street


Phone: 020 7831 9811
Nearest tube: Holborn

Provincial Grand Lodge

Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire
94 Birmingham Road
B61 0DF


Telephone: 01527 879300

Some general information about Freemasonry

John Yeates our WM for 2010

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas - a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge - which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

The United Grand Lodge of England have created a publication for anyone interested in becoming a mason.

Did you know?

There are over 330,000 Freemasons in England and Wales.

There are nearly six million Freemasons worldwide.

There are nearly 8,000 Lodges spread throughout England and Wales.

The Three Great Principles

For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:

Brotherly Love
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care - not only for their own - but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.


Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations. They are:

- The Grand charity

- The Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls

- The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

- The Masonic Samaritan Fund

Please see the 'useful links' (left) to find out more information.