The Old Dudleian Lodge received its Charter from the United Grand Lodge of England and was consecrated in 1948, and was originally intended for former Pupils and Masters of the Dudley Grammar School, which was itself founded in 1562. This restriction on Membership was removed many years ago, and membership is now open to all applicants who satisfy the general requirements of Freemasonry - men over the age of 18 years, of good repute and with a belief in a Supreme Being.  This means that Membership is open to men of any race or religion.  

The Lodge is governed by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire (Masonically speaking, Dudley is still in Worcestershire), under the jurisdiction of The United Grand Lodge of England.


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The Membership of the Lodge is still drawn mostly from the Dudley and surrounding Black Country areas, and brethren come from all sections of Society. The emblem on our Lodge banner is the central part of the coat of arms of Dudley, which depicts the heritage of the Black Country and is a source of great pride for our Members.

The Old Dudleian Lodge has a reputation for the highest standards of ritual, and provides an enjoyable environment for learning the moral and ethical values which are key attributes of Freemasonry.

Many of our Members joined Freemasonry because they were looking for "something extra" in their lives; for an activity where they could make a real contribution to Society, while learning about the ceremonies, procedures and traditions of "the Craft".

The Lodge appoints a "Lodge Mentor" whose responsibility is to coordinate the activities of all Lodge Members in encouraging new and younger Members of the Lodge to develop their experience of Freemasonry to the fullest level. (Refer to "Mentoring Policy")

The Lodge is dedicated to the three great principles of Freemasonry – Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, and supports local and national charities. Donations from the 2020-21 Charity fund included Mary Stevens and Compton Hospices, Help for Heroes, and Air Ambulance.

The Lodge meets on the 3rd Monday of January, March, October and November, at the James S.Webb Freemasonry Centre, Victoria Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1SP. (The November meeting is our Installation Meeting.)

Officers' Meetings, followed by a Lodge of Instruction are held on the first Monday of the above months. In these meetings, the general duties of the Lodge are discussed, and Members are instructed in the practice and meaning of the ritual. It lso gives newer Members opportunities to develop their presentation skills.

The Lodge Meetings conduct the regular business of the Lodge, ceremonies of admitting new members, and installation of Officers. Members and Guests also make presentations of subjects of interest to Masons, the meetings being followed by a meal, known as the Festive Board. This gives brethren an opportunity to relax in a convivial atmosphere amongst friends, and visitors agree that the Old Dudleian Lodge is a particularly enjoyable destination.

During 2016, two of the Lodge's Senior brethren received certificates to mark their 60 years service in Freemasonry. Both Brethren attended Dudley Grammar School at the same time, and were initiated into Freemasonry within one week of each other in 1956. It is a great achievement for a Lodge such as ours to have two recipients of this certificate at the same time.

The Lodge is always happy to invite Freemasons in Dudley and beyond to join in our Meetings, in fact the tradition of visiting is one of the cornerstones of the Masonic fraternity.  


The years 2016-2019 saw an amazing influx of new Candidates for Membership, with six applications being received; resulting in extra meetings being arranged to welcome our new Brethren into Freemasonry. Initiation ceremonies were held in April, September and October 2016, and further Passing Ceremonies were held January, February (by Dispensation), and March, 2017. Since then, all meetings have been either a Degree Ceremony or Installation.

The activity has continued, and several of the above Candidates have now become Master Masons.

Visitors are always welcome at our Meetings, and we have a lot of work to do over the coming months and years, to welcome our New Members into Freemasonry.

 For details of meetings, please refer to the "News" and "Events" pages.