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About United Grand Lodge of England

Who are we?

United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and some Districts overseas. Our headquarters is Freemasons’ Hall, London.

Freemasons use four important guiding principles to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.

How are we organised?

UGLE currently has around 200,000 members meeting in over 7,000 Lodges, with students over 18 able to join one of 87 University Scheme Lodges.

Lodges are grouped into 48 Provinces by region, roughly in line with the old county boundaries, under the guidance of UGLE.

How do we operate?

UGLE holds four business meetings a year, known as Quarterly Communication.

UGLE, its Lodges and members operates to a rule book The Book of Constitutions, which was first published in 1723. UGLE also publishes directories of office bearers, committees and Lodges, which are all available from Letchworth's Shop.


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