PALATINE LODGE NO.97
Palatine Lodge No.97 is a Lodge of Freemasons meeting at Wearside Masonic Temple. The Lodge meets on the second Thursday of the month between September and June, commencing at 7:00pm. The Installation meeting is in December. Unlike most Lodges, Palatine Lodge uses a unique version of the ritual known as Palatine Old Workings, rather than the more common Emulation ritual.
Palatine Lodge No.97 is the oldest Lodge meeting at Wearside Masonic Temple, having been consecrated in 1757 and was originally called the Sea Captain's Lodge No.218. Consequently, Palatine Lodge has a rich history; many important historic events and landmarks of Sunderland and County Durham have links to Palatine brethren.
The name Palatine refers to the County Palatine of Durham and was suggested by the then-Provincial Grand Master the Earl of Durham to mark the importance and success of the Lodge.
Whilst the Lodge originally drew its membership from naval officers and other men working in maritime trades, the lodge now welcomes men from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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Visiting brethren will be made most welcome and are advised to contact the Lodge Secretary in advance with regards to dining.