Other Masonic Orders
The following Masonic orders meet in the Province of Monmouthshire. These orders, while they are associated with Freemasonry, are not under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England. Visitors wishing to attend these Lodges, Chapters and Conclaves are most welcome, but they should make contact through their own Province in the first instance.
- Mark Master Masons
- Royal Ark Mariners
- Rose Croix
- Red Cross of Constantine
- Knights Templar
- Knights Templar Priests
- Order of the Secret Monitor
- Royal and Select Masters
- The Worshipful Society
- Allied Masonic Degrees
- Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia
- Royal Order of Scotland
This is a recurring question and one on which we have recently received a few requests for clarifications. No ladies organisations are officially “recognised” by the United Grand Lodge of England as it is part of our Constitution that members are male.
However, there are two womens’ Freemasonry Grand Lodges that we consider to be “regular” in their practice of Freemasonry. We have an informal relationship with these two organisations, and have from time to time liaised on matters of mutual concern, and we regularly refer queries regarding women’s Freemasonry, to them. They are:
The Honorable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons
402 Finchley Road,
Tel: 020 7443 5268
The Order of Women Freemasons
27 Pembridge Gardens,
Tel: 020 7229 2368 / 020 7227 2164
We usually tell enquirers that the above organisations practise “regular” Freemasonry, but point out that there are some Grand Lodges and other apparently Masonic bodies that do not meet these standards, e.g. that do not require a belief in a Supreme Being, or that allow or encourage their members as such to participate in political matters, and that these Grand Lodges and bodies are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as being Masonically regular.
It is in order to hire out Masonic buildings to Lodges affiliated to the two Ladies’ Grand Lodges listed above, as long as their meetings do not coincide with your Lodge meetings or any meeting of a Lodge under the UGLE.
I hope this is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact Mike Baker or another member of the Communications Department at UGLE if you have any further questions.
United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons’ Hall
Great Queen Street,
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7831 9811
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7831 6021
Mike Baker: 020 7395 9291