Lodge 5174 Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding

Since 1930 Bawtry has been home to our small and friendly Lodge. Meeting on the first Tuesday from September to April and the second Tuesday in May. Pre-arranged visitors are always welcome, as are expressions of interest from prospective members.

About Us

Like all other masonic lodges, Bawtry Lodge falls under the day-to-day control of its duly elected Worshipful Master who is installed annually.

Freemasonry, in general, is regulated by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) whose warrant was issued to the Freemasons of Bawtry in 1930.

The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over two hundred thousand members meeting in 6,800 Lodges, which are grouped as follows:

Lodges meeting within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall is administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, which is headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.

Lodges meeting outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands are grouped into 47 Provinces, whose boundaries often correspond to those of the old Counties, with each headed by a Provincial Grand Master.

Bawtry Lodge sits within the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding

For a brief overview feel free to download a booklet that has been produced by UGLE in order to provide a simplistic overview of freemasonry by Click Here

The Three Degrees


There are primarily three degrees in freemasonry:

1st Degree - Entered Apprentice
2nd Degree - Fellowcraft
3rd Degree - Master Mason

There is no set timeframe during which you will receive your third degree, although typically this is seldom longer than around twelve months.

You will be supported throughout your masonic journey by the Lodge Mentor, your proposer, seconder and indeed any of the established brethren who will be only too happy to pass on the wealth of knowledge they have attained throughout the years.

Freemasonry is a deeply rewarding experience, once you attain the degree of Master Mason a number of additional routes can be explored including, but not limited to:

Royal Arch
Rose Croix
Knights Templar
Emulation Lodge of Improvement

How much does it cost?


The annual contributions at Bawtry Lodge are currently set at £140. In addition, after each lodge meeting, we socialise over a meal (known as the Festive Board) provided by the Crown Hotel which currently costs £17.50 for two courses.

Whilst the Festive Board is by no means mandatory, it's an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals outside of the lodge room.

On initiation, there are some one-off fees which include Grand and Provincial registration fees, purchasing the book of constitutions etc which usually total approximately £100.

Whilst regalia for the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees can be loaned from the lodge. You will be expected to purchase your own regalia once you attain the sublime degree of Master Mason, these can often be purchased inexpensively second hand. New aprons vary in cost depending on the material used but are typically around £50.

Although members do typically donate to charity, this can be as little or as much as you wish. Your charitable inclination is a matter for you and is not scrutinised, monitored or enforced by the lodge.


Useful Links

United Grand Lodge of England
Masonic Province of Yorkshire West riding​​
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI)
The Freemasons Grand Charity
Masonic Charitable Foundation