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

The address by our Provincial Prior, R. E. Kt. David Harry Gallear K.C.T., to the the Provincial Malta Meeting September 9th. 2019

Brother Knights I have to say how pleased I am to see so many Knights here today at our new venue of Westhoughton Masonic Hall I would congratulate...

Prince Albert Preceptory No. 34 Installation of Sir Kt. David Wynford Williams as Eminent Preceptor. Saturday October 19th. 2019.

Prince Albert Preceptory No. 34, meet on a Saturday. Their Registrar, who is also the Provincial Chancellor, E. Kt. Mike Beesley tells me that I...

Praetorian Preceptory No 621 Installation 18th October 2019. Provincial Prior R. E. Kt. David Harry Gallear K.C.T. in attendance.

It doesn’t feel like it, but it is a full 12 months since I was Installed as Eminent Preceptor of Praetorian Preceptory at Leyland. But in the...

Rose of Lancaster Preceptory No. 157 Installation. Monday October 7th. 2019

 Just four days after attending St. James of Jerusalem Preceptory in Westhoughton the Provincial Sub-Prior Eminent Knight Stuart Hughes, P. Gt....

St. James of Jerusalem Preceptory No. 33 Installation Meeting October 3rd. 2019.

On the 3rd. October 2019 twenty plus Knights, on a wet autumnal evening,  made their way, to Westhoughton Masonic Hall to attend the Installation...

St. Bernards Preceptory 123. Installation meeting October 11th.

    The Preceptory and members of St Benards No.123 in Bury, were delighted to welcome Chris Sage at their installation meeting last...