Integrity, Respect, Friendship and Charity - the four guiding principles at the heart of Freemasonry, and values we hold dear at Palatine Lodge.

We are the oldest and most historic Lodge meeting in Wearside Masonic Temple having been consecrated on the 14th January 1757.

We are proud Sunderland Freemasons, having always met in the city. Firstly, in some of the many taverns within the old town, then in Park Terrace from 1870 (the Temple that now resides at Beamish), transferring to our current home in 1933, when Wearside Masonic Temple was opened.

We have a long and rich history, and hope to have a long and rich future. Do feel free to browse the About Palatine section for details of our past, or contact us for any other enquiry.


News and Updates

21 Mar 2022

Open Day

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

We held an Open Day at Wearside Masonic Temple on Saturday, 19th March.
Appreciating not everyone would be able to attend, a fly-by tour video was recorded.

We'll be holding another Open Day on Saturday, 21st May, and all are welcome.

 

12 Mar 2022

A Night of Firsts

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
Mick, Anth, Paul (WM) and Jon.

We had another great meeting on Thursday, 10th March.  For the third month running we performed a First Degree ceremony and welcomed a new member to our Lodge.  Pictured with the Worshipful Master, we have Mick (February), Anth (March), Paul (the Worshipful Master), and Jon (January).  

The enthusiasm shown by all three is really promising, and we look forward to many years of friendship to come.  

We're fortunate to still have a number of potential candidates and we're now scratching our heads to create a plan to get them in; some have been waiting a while.

 

23 Feb 2022

A Great Start

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

We have very much picked up where we left off pre-pandemic, and have been fortunate to welcome two new members to the Lodge via Initiations at our January and February meetings.  We have a third Initiation to look forward to at our March meeting and we then switch our attention to Raising some of our current Fellow Craft members.

We still have quite the list of potential members that have been patiently waiting, and we thank them for that.  A plan is in the making as to how we might get them in to the Lodge without asking them to wait too much longer.

14 Dec 2021

A Continuation

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
WBro Paul Staines

December is always our Installation Meeting, and was once more on this occasion.  However, this year was different in that our current Worshipful Master, WBro Paul Staines, has remained in place for a third year (two being the usual limit these days).

The past two years have been stilted, for obvious reasons, and so all involved with the Lodge felt it correct that we should ask Paul to continue, which he was glad to do.

I am minded of what I wrote back in December 2019 when he was first installed.

8 Aug 2021

Samuel Peter Austin

Submitted by Steve Thompson

Austin
Samuel Peter Austin, Junior (1842 -1925)

One of the River Wear’s most famous shipbuilders, Samuel Peter Austin, was initiated into Palatine Lodge, No 97, on March 27th, 1868. He played an active role in the Lodge, becoming Worshipful Master in 1873, Treasurer in 1875 and received the honour of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (PProvJGW).

Austin
The entry for Samuel Peter Austin in Palatine’s Membership Record

 

26 Feb 2021

Robert Singleton

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
Robert Singleton, WM 1886

Robert Singleton was born in July of 1852 in Garstang, Lancashire, to Robert Clifton Singleton and his wife Susannah (nee Dickinson).  He was the second of six children, having four brothers and a sister.  On the 1861 census his mother is listed as an Innkeeper’s widow, so she was left with a very young family to tend to. 

18 Feb 2021

Sir Edward Temperley Gourley

Submitted by Ray Lathan
Sir Edward Temperley Gourley, NPG.

 

Sir Edward Temperley Gourley was Initiated into Palatine lodge on the 10th of October 1861. Little is known about his masonic career other than he sustained his membership over a number of decades; he never became Worshipful Master, so it is likely he enjoyed his time on the sidelines.  

He was a notable ship owner and prominent Sunderland figure in the latter part of the 19th Century and was Knighted in 1895 for his political work.

15 Nov 2020

Throughout the long history of Palatine Lodge No. 97, the Lodge has borne witness to numerous historical events and many of its members have helped to shape Local, National and World History.

The Lodge minutes are a rich source of information and a fascinating glimpse into the past, but often, our members interesting life stories have long been lost in time. 

Before every meeting, the Lodge publishes a Summons; essentially an agenda, and, on important occasions, the Summons includes a list of Outstanding Events; a reminder of our Lodge’s incredible history.  

21 Oct 2020

James Hall

Submitted by Wayne Rumley
WBro James Hall, PAGDC, PPGW

 

The following is taken from our Volume II History book (1937) and is replicated, as written, here.  A postface is added at the bottom to give a little further information.

 

James Hall

Worshipful Master
1908-1909

16 Oct 2020

Sir William Allan

Submitted by Steve Thompson
At Scotia Engine Works, circa 1900

 

Sir William Allan was initiated into Palatine Lodge No. 97 in 1890 and remained a member until his death in 1903.  

He was an interesting character, his London Times Obituary, dated the 29th December 1903, documents a remarkably interesting life.

12 Sep 2020

Meeting - September 2020

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

Well, after a forced absence due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we had our first meeting back on the 10th September.

Restrictions still in place meant that we were not able to have visitors, and a good number of our own brethren still feel it is unsafe to return.  As a lodge we also feel that the amendments required to perform a ceremony would detract too much from the spectacle, and we are not prepared to carry one out in the current circumstances.

17 Nov 2019

Meeting - November 2019

Submitted by Wayne Rumley

For the second November in a row, we raised a brother so that he could join the ladder of officers at our Installation meeting in December.

With December being our Installation, we first had the election of officers.  Our SW, who would have been WM this year had it not been for a hectic work schedule last year, was duly chosen as Master Elect.  Congratulations Paul.

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