Welcome to the Website of Lancashire Freemasons who are members in the Order of Knight Templar Masonry in Lancashire, called the ‘Priory of Lancashire’. The Priory (or Province) is based on the original old County of Lancaster boundaries and covers the Craft Provinces of East Lancashire; West Lancashire and Cumberland and Westmorland. There are a total of 32 Preceptories (similar to a Lodge or Chapter) 29 of which also contain a Priory of Knights of Malta, and a membership of 935 members.

The Order is fondly referred to as the KT’s, however the full title of the Order is ‘The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta in England and Wales and its Provinces Overseas.’

The Order is governed by the ‘Great Priory’ based in Mark Master Masons Hall, London under the command of the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master Paul Raymond Clement G.C.T.

The qualifications required to become a member are, that a Candidate must be a Master Mason; a Royal Arch Companion, and confess the Christian Faith with a belief in the Holy Trinity. To become a Knight of Malta, a Brother must first be a Knight Templar. Each Preceptory comprises both a Preceptory of Knights Templar and a Priory of Knights of Malta, each being opened and closed in privacy to carry out the business required to maintain and promote the Orders.

The aims of the Orders are an expansion to those of Freemasonry in general, that inspires its members to an approach to life, which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount; but importantly Freemasonry also teaches and practises concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Donations to local and national charities are made by the Preceptories individually. Additionally funds are raised to assist the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, which are administered through the Province to a central fund at Great Priory.

The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group is a Foundation of The Order of St John, the oldest charity in the world. The Hospital Group is the main provider of eye care in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. In 2017, the hospital treated 135,600 patients – a high percentage under the age of 18. Patients are treated regardless of race, religion or the ability to pay.

Right Eminent Knight David H. Gallear K. C. T.

Provincial Prior for Lancashire

Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp

Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp

Sub Prior of Lancashire E. Kt.

E. Kt. Stuart Hughes P. Gt. Aide-de-Camp Sub Prior of the Province of Lancashire

From 606 to 692

From The Westmorland to Cambridge. For over twenty years, a friendship existed between E. Kt. Bob Erett, (E. P. The Westmorland Preceptory No. 606...

Royds Preceptory No. 149 Thursday May 23rd. 2019. Malta Meeting.

Thursday May 23 rd. and I am about to attend my last Knights Templar visit of the season. I am a big supporter of my local Football Team – Wigan –...

St. George’s Preceptory No. 43 Malta Meeting Friday May 17th. 2019.

Friday the 17th May saw E. Kt. Peter DeLoughery, Past Provincial Turcopolier, (West Yorkshire) installed in the chair of St George’s Priory. The...

Knights Sage and Gavan on another odyssey – this time to Prince Bishops Preceptory No. 589 in County Durham

On the 3rd.May 2019 Prince Bishops Preceptory No. 589 celebrated its Twenty-fifth anniversary, I tell you this because two Lancashire Lads were...

Knights Sage and Gavan on their travels again – this time to Varangian Preceptory No. 585 stationed in Worcestershire

Varangian Preceptory No. 585  Some time ago Eminent Knight Chris Sage Eminent Preceptor of the Plains of Mamre Preceptory No. 8 and Deputy Commander...

Pax Preceptory No. 210 Thursday May 9th. 2019. Installation of Sir Kt. Alan Tittensor as Eminent Preceptor / Prior. Provincial Prior R. E. Kt. David Harry Gallear K.C.T. in attendance along with his Provincial Team.

Having missed the previous Team Visit to St. Michael’s Preceptory No. 12, on May 2nd. - I was anxious not to miss the last Team outing of the...

Team visit to St. Michael’s Preceptory No. 12 Thursday May 2nd. 2019

Oh, What a night! No, not Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' 1975 hit, although that does get your feet tapping! This was the superb visit to the...