An Account of the Formation of the Lodge


This history of the formation of the Lodge was found amongst some papers kindly donated by a Past Master. It was probably prepared in the 1960’s and the author is not mentioned. It contains information found elsewhere on this website but much of it is new:

Account of the formation of the Lodge Temperance no 2557 on the roll of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and accepted Masons of England.

In the beginning of the year one thousand, eight hundred and ninety five, a few members of the order of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons thought it desirable to form a Masonic Lodge, which amongst other things would have no intoxicating drink at any of its meetings.

A preliminary meeting convened by Brother Lewis Forsyth Allan P.M. of Tyne Lodge No. 991 was held in the office of the North of England Temperance League, 131, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The room being lent by Brother Guy Hayler.

There were present Brother John Armstrong I.G. of Industry Lodge No., 48, Brother L. Forsyth Allan P.M. of Tyne Lodge No, 991, Brother Robert Womphrey J.S. of Tyne Lodge 991, Brother Guy Hayler (unattached), Brother Sam. F. Davidson M.M. of St Nicholas Lodge No. 1676 and Brother Andrew Christopher Messer J.D. of Tyne Lodge No. 991.

Brother John Armstrong was voted to the chair, and after some discussion it was resolved to sign a petition and have it forwarded to Grand Lodge, praying for a warrant, for a Lodge to be called Lodge Temperance to meet at the Central Masonic Hall, Shakespeare Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne; on the third Monday in each month at seven o’clock in the evening. It was also resolved that Brother John Walker Gibson, Past Master of the Percy Lodge No 1427 be the first Worshipful Master, Brother John Armstrong I.G. of Industry Lodge No. 48 be the first Senior Warden and Brother L. Forsyth Allan P.M. of Tyne Lodge No. 991 be the first Junior Warden.

The petition was prepared by Brother L. Forsyth Allan and signed by the following brethren:

Member Lodge
Bro John Walker Gibson P.M. PPGSD Percy Lodge No.1427
Bro John Armstrong Inner Guard Lodge of Industry No. 48
Bro Lewis Forsyth-Allan P.M. Tyne Lodge No. 991
Bro Robert English Womphrey Junior Steward Tyne Lodge No. 991
Bro Guy Hayler Unattached – Formerly of Prudence Lodge No. 2069
Bro Charles Hamilton Pemberton M.M. Percy Lodge No.1427
Bro Samuel Ferguson Davison M.M. St Nicholas Lodge No.1676
Bro Andrew Christopher Messer Junior Deacon Tyne Lodge No. 991
Bro Hugh Morton M.M. Newcastle on Tyne Lodge No. 24
Bro Morris Marks M.M. Tyne Lodge No. 991
Bro Robert Henderson M.M. St. Bede's Lodge No.1119
Bro William Bell P.M. Tyne Lodge No. 991

It was then agreed to recommend the following as the first officers:

Member Office
Bro William Bell I.P.M.
Bro Robert English Womphrey Secretary
Bro Guy Hayler Senior Deacon
Bro Charles Hamilton Pemberton Junior Deacon
Bro Robert Henderson Chaplin
Bro Samuel Ferguson Davison Inner Guard
Bro Morris Marks Senior Steward

Bro Andrew Christopher Messer was asked to act as Tyler for the first year and agreed to do so.

The petition was presented by Bro. L. Forsyth Allan to Northern Counties Lodge No 406 at the regular meeting held in the Masonic Hall, Maple Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne; when it received their approval, was signed by the Worshipful Master and his Wardens also by several the Brethren.

The petition was then forwarded to Grand Lodge. The following is a copy of the petition:

To the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England.

We, the undersigned, being regularly registered Master Masons of the Lodges mentioned against our respective names having the prosperity of the craft at heart and are anxious to exert our best endeavours to promote, and diffuse the genuine principles of the art; and, for the convenience of our respective dwelling and other good reasons, we are desirous of forming a new Lodge, to be named “Lodge Temperance”.

In consequence of this desire, we pray for a warrant of constitution, empowering us to meet as a regular Lodge, at the Masonic Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne on the third Monday of each Month, and there to discharge the duties of Masonry, in a constitutional manner, according to the forms of of the order and the laws of the  Grand Lodge; and we have nominated and do recommend Bros. John Walker Gibson, who has served the office of Warden in a regular lodge to be the first Master, and Bro. L. Forsyth Allan to be the first Junior Warden of the said Lodge.

The prayer of this petition being granted, we promise strict obedience to the commands of the Grand Master and the laws and regulations of the Grand Lodge.

J.W. Gibson, P.M. 1427, P.P.G.S.D. Clerk to Guardians. 4, Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth
John Armstrong, I.G. 48, Salesman. 36, Denmark Street, Gateshead.
L. Forsyth Allan, P.M. 991. Insurance Inspector. 4, Benton View, Forest Hall.
Wm. Bell P.M. 991. Naval Architect. West Wing, Point Pleasant, Wallsend,
Hugh Morton. M.M. 24. Clothier. 16, Victoria Sq. Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Robert Womphrey. J.S. 991. Butcher. 34, Hadrian Road, Wallsend.
Robert Henderson. M.M. 1119. Foreman. 30, Lovaine Crescent, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Guy Hayler. (Unattached) (Formerly of Prudence Lodge 2069). Secretary. 38, Heaton Park, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
A.C. Messer. J.D. 991. Engineer. 1, Wooley St., Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
S.F. Davidson. M.M. 1676. Builder. 53 Falmouth Road, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Morris Marks. M.M. 991. Agent. 4, Westmoreland Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
C. H. Pemberton. M.M. 1427. Clerk. 8, Regents Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Recommended by the W.M. and Wardens of Northern Counties Lodge No. 406:

John Page W.M
N.A. Nixon S.W.
John Wood J.W.
J. Simpson I.P.M.
John E.B. Bell P.M.
Jos. Banks Secretary

The Petition was presented at the June 1895 meeting of the Grand Lodge, when they were pleased to grant a warrant for a Lodge to be called “Lodge Temperance” and numbered two thousand, five hundred and fifty seven on the roll of the United Grand Lodge of England.

A meeting was then held in the offices of the North of England Temperance League, there being present, Bro. J.W. Gibson, Bro. John Armstrong, Bro. L. Forsyth Allan, Bro. S.F. Davidson, Bro. Morris Marks, Bro. A.C. Messer, and Bro. Robert E. Womphrey.

The by-laws were then read and approved having then to be submitted to Prov Grand Lodge for confirmation.

There was then discussion as to what property the Lodge needed to get and in order that the Lodge should start as clear from debt as possible the following promises were made:

Bro. Gibson a Box of Working Tools.
Bro. Armstrong a Third Degree Sheet.
Bro. Forsyth-Allan a Bible and cushion.
Bro. Womphrey a square and compass to be placed on the bible.
Bro. Marks a pair of Wardens columns.
Bro. Messer gavels and maul.
Bro. Davidson a box to keep lodge property in.

Consecration of Lodge Temperance:

The annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge was held on Wednesday, 30th October 1895, in the Grand Assembly Rooms, Barras Bridge,  Newcastle, presided over by the Right Hon. Sir Matthew white Ridley, Bart., M.P., Provincial Grand Master. Lodge Temperance was then solemnly consecrated and duly constituted by the Right Worshipful Prov Grand Master assisted by the Worshipful Deputy Prov. Grand Master and the officers of Prov. Grand Lodge. Bro. J. W. Gibson having taken the obligation regarding the Government of the Lodge; was duly installed as Worshipful Master.


Petition of Lodge Temperance 2557

Petition of Lodge Temperance 2557