The 26 September 2019 was 125 years to the day that  Abbey Lodge 2529  was consecrated. In 1994 a booklet was prepared bringing the history of the Lodge into one volume. Abbey Lodge’s history has been brought up to date with a 25 year appendix. Much has happened in the past quarter century in the wider world as well as within Abbey Lodge.

See what we have been upto in the past decade by visiting our photographic archive which contains over 2000 images of Masonic and non-Masonic events we have put on.

Ours is a proud history

Gentlemen decide to become Freemasons

Number 12 Accrington Road often referred to as the Union Club was a Gentleman’s Club. The members were well-to-do Whalley men and met to play cards or snooker in the quiet surroundings of the Union Club.

Wanting to take things perhaps to another level someone suggested forming a Freemason’s lodge. But none of the Union Club members were actually ‘in the Craft’. So it was that others known to the members sponsored the formation of Abbey Lodge number 2529 in the Register of the United Grand Lodge of England. A further issue was where to meet. Union Club was the obvious answer but space was at a premium.

So a small Lodge Room was constructed to the rear of the Club. It was slowly and lovingly equipped with the right furnishings. Some of the panelling is reputed to have been salvaged from the local Abbey ruins. The panels had found their way into a local house. The panelling was carved by a local craftsman and is a joy to behold. We have no compunction calling our Lodge Room Lancashire’s Little Gem for these reasons.

Some locally famous men have been members of Abbey Lodge. Visiting Whalley Golf Club many of the long time trophies and competitions are named after several of the founding or early members. One that stands proud is Dr Postlethwaite.

Founders in Focus

During the lock down of 2020 some research was performed on the founders of Abbey Lodge, No. 2529 with some surprising results. Would you believe two figures from the very early days of Blackburn Rovers were uncovered? Click the button below to unlock the mystery.

New Look @ No. 12

We are proud to be active in Whalley – so proud we have put the names and numbers of the four Lodges and one Chapter that meet at 12, Accrington Road, Whalley on display in the lower front windows. This website address and our Twitter or Facebook username of @WhalleyMasons have also been included.

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Freemasons in the Community

Our Hall is within the Burnley and Pendle District of the Province of East Lancashire.

Whilst individual Lodges allocate their charitable giving to worthy causes some funds are placed with the District. These funds are distributed as the District Charity Stewards think appropriate. Recently, a Burnley pub praised for its over 70s free meal service has been given a cash boost of £750 from Burnley and Pendle District Freemasons.

The Kettledrum Inn owned by brothers Robin and Steve Reid were given the donation to ensure their charitable endeavours could continue. In partnership with Cliviger Parish Council, they have been providing free meals on Wednesdays and Saturdays, delivered to residents aged over 70 who are isolating during the coronavirus outbreak. And last month they were acknowledged as ‘mealtime heroes’ through BBC North West Tonight ‘s Everyday Hero programme. The story also appeared in he Burnley Express see photo here.

If you have a worthy cause needing support please contact us.

Cooperman Memorial Shoot 2020

It has been decided to cancel this year’s Cooperman Memorial Shoot and hold the next in 2021.

Most of the funds raised at this event comes mainly from the generous sponsorship of local businesses and it was felt that asking for such this summer was inappropriate. We will let you know through the usual channels the date for next year’s shoot.

Learn More About Freemasonry

There is a wealth of resources and materials on the internet about Freemasonry. Some of it is ‘Fake News’.

The Grand Lodge of England has developed a resource called Solomon which provides ‘A Journey of Masonic Learning and Development‘. It was originally designed for Freemasons but has now been extended to non-Masons so that interested gentlemen can begin their journey with confidence.

This new resource does not require the guest to sign-in and can be viewed here.

Part of Lancashire’s Little Gem of a Lodge Room

Please explore our website. If you would like more information or to arrange a visit to Lancashire’s Little Gem please email

Always a friendly welcome at Whalley!

See what we have been up to in the past decade by visiting our photographic archive which contains over 2000 images of Masonic and non-Masonic events we have put on.