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

Personal address by The Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul Raymond Clement, G.C.T.


Ladies to Dine April 19th. 2020 Stirk House Gisburn. Postponed. Letter from Prov. Chancellor.

Good morning Brother Knight Registrar and members of the GPC, Please find attached a letter from me for distribution to all your members, informing...

Cancellation of Provincial Priory on May 2nd. and all Team visits along with visits from the Provincial Prior, Sub Prior, Constables and Chancellor.

Good afternoon Brother Knight Registrars and members of the GPC, In view of the current health situation affecting the country, the Provincial May...

Maples Preceptory No. 428. Monday March 9th. 2020. Installation of E. Kt. David Ralph Surtees as Eminent Preceptor.

The Province’s first Eminent Preceptor Installation since our move to Westhoughton Masonic Hall. This of course necessitated by the closure of...

Jacques de Molay Preceptory No. 36 Tuesday March 3rd. 2020. Installation of Sir Kt. Edward John Warner as Eminent Preceptor / Prior. Provincial 2nd. Cons. E. Kt. Martin Murray in attendance.

My invites to Jacques de Molay come from Frank Umbers. He comes to my Perseverance Lodge 155 each December and he reciprocates by hosting me at...