Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding » Area 1

Area 1

The area consists of 37 Lodges, 36 of which meet in 11 Masonic buildings with 1, Victoria Lodge, meeting at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.

The area stretches over the following towns:-

Haworth – a hilltop village in the heart of the Bronte country situated above the Worth Valley amid the bleak Pennine Moors and internationally famous for its connections with the Bronte sisters.

Keighley – an industrial town in the Aire Valley. Famous among steam enthusiasts for its railway station, terminus of the KWVR, a lovingly restored steam railway.

Bingley – a small town in the Aire valley. The Leeds/Liverpool canal passes through Bingley, where boats must negotiate the famous Five Rise Locks.

Baildon – a small town north of Bradford. Baildon Moor contains a stone circle known as Soldier’s Trench which is said to date from the Bronze Age, 3000 years ago.

Bradford – famed for its University. Recently titled a UNESCO City of Film and home to the National Media Museum. The many beautiful Victorian buildings found throughout the city illustrate the city’s impressive past and include the area known as Little Germany and the Wool Exchange. It is also renowned for the magnificent Alhambra Theatre and some of the finest Asian cuisine in the country.

Dewsbury – market town within Kirklees and largest town in the “Heavy Woollen District”. Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, after undergoing a period of major growth in the 19th century as a mill town, went through a period of decline. More recently there has been a rapid and ongoing redevelopment of derelict mills into projects concerned with regeneration.

Mirfield – during the 18th century, a canal was constructed through the town linking the River Calder with other rivers in the area. The canal is part of the Calder & Hebble Navigation. Its construction resulted in many industries such as textiles and boatyards.

Cleckheaton –  is at the centre of the Spen Valley and was the major town in the former borough of Spenborough. Has a history as a mill town, like much of West Yorkshire, although this industry has now all but vanished.

Heckmondwike – formerly a mill town and famous for its blankets.

The oldest Lodge in the area is the Lodge of the Three Grand Principles No 208, which meets at Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury with the newest being Woodsmoke Lodge No 9317, which meets at Mirfield, and which was formed predominantly by members of national Youth organisations (Scouts, Boys Brigade)in common with pathfinder Lodge in Sheffield. King Edward VII, is a “daylight Lodge”, meeting in a morning followed by a lunchtime festive board.

The Lodges in the Area are covered by 22 Liaison Officers. The Charity Committee is headed by W Bro Neil Davies, and all members of the committee give unstinting service on behalf of charitable purposes. There are 4 Mentoring Co-ordinators and the initiative is working very successfully with their sterling help.

There are three very successful Installed Masters’ Associations within the area which are, the Bradford IMA, the Airedale & Wharfedale IMA and the Dewsbury & Spen Valley District IMA.

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