The Lodge of Industry


Celebrating 289 years

of Freemasonry

1735 – 2024

The oldest Freemasons Lodge in the

Province of Durham which meets at

Gateshead Masonic Hall,

Alexandra Road,

Gateshead NE8 1RB

The Beehive is emblematic of the Masonic Lodge

and industriousness of Freemasons.


The Lodge meets on the fourth Monday of each month with the exception of June, July, August & December tyling at 7:00pm.

The Installation Meeting and Annual Festive Board is held in March and normally tyles at 5:30pm.  There is ample car parking at the rear of the building.

A message of welcome from our Worshipful Master

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Lodge of Industry No.48 in the Province of Durham.   It is hoped that this website will be both informative and of interest not only to Freemasons but also to those curious to find out more about Freemasonry in general and our Lodge in particular.

Our ancient Lodge is reputed to be one of the oldest Lodges in the English Constitution.   It was certainly known about in 1717 when the Grand Lodge of England was formed, although it did not join Grand Lodge until 1735.   The Lodge was founded by Operative Masons and the membership remained purely operative for many years afterwards.   This is a distinction that no other Lodge in the English Constitution can now claim, thus giving the Lodge a uniqueness of which we are extremely proud.

As Master of the Lodge I can assure you that a very warm welcome awaits you.

Thank you for visiting our website and please visit again soon.  It is constantly under development and additional pages will be published when appropriate.

Yours sincerely & fraternally,

Bro John M Gordon PPJGD.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest fraternal societies having no political or religious affiliations. It is a society of members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds concerned with moral and spiritual values.

Our core values  are  INTEGRITY, FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT and CHARITY so extending benevolence worldwide.

For many years Freemasons have followed the three great principles inculcated in BROTHERLY LOVE, RELIEF and TRUTH.

If you are interested in our Freemasonry and would like to know more please email us at  We will be delighted to hear from you.

The Lodge Banner of rich silk and gold material was presented to the Lodge in 1892 by Bro Jeejeebhoy Nowrojee Tadiwalla, a wealthy Parsee of Bombay (now Mumbai) who took all of his degrees in the Lodge whilst studying in this country.  It was worked partly in China and completed in Bombay by members of his family.  It was unfurled in the Lodge on 28th March 1892.


This site is maintained and regularly updated by John G & Tony R both Past Masters of the Lodge.

We gratefully acknowledge the expert help provided by Dan Boots.