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About Freemasonry

Freemasonry is an enduring brotherhood, boasting many prolific members throughout the ages. Our ideals are brotherhood, charity and faith.

About Temple 51

Temple 51 is a well-known Belfast Masonic lodge, based in Freemasons Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast. We meet on the first Wednesday each month.

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We have regular events. Our website is the best way to keep up to date and follow Temple 51’s progress and achievements.

About Freemasonry

“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”

-Benjamin Franklin

Recorded History

Belfast Freemasonry

1748 – 1860

May 24, 2016

The existence and history of Lodge 51 Belfast Freemasonry can be dated from 1748 in the books of Grand Lodge. It was found that lodge no.51 at that time was not subsisting. Other than that, anything recorded before 1804 have been erased from the books of Belfast Freemasonry….

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1860 – 1880

May 24, 2016

From then on, Belfast Freemasonry membership and attendance was considerably reduced that great difficulty was experienced in holding the meetings. The Lodge had to be temporarily close and on the 14th of November 1860, they tried reopening it but attendance was still unsatisfactory. The situation was really apparent…

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1880 – 1984

June 25, 2016

As the musical powers of 51 became famous, local Charity committees resolved to utilise them in the cause of the widow and orphan and accordingly invited the Lodge to give a concert in aid of the Masonic Charities of Belfast. The concert was given in the Victoria Hall…

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What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, earnest in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and reverence and love for God. 

Freemasonry is many things, but above all, Freemasonry is a way of life, not “apart” from society but a “part of society”.Membership of our Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour or creed, on condition that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being.

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  • 17.08.2018

    Temple 51 busy with degrees

    We have been very busy with degrees over the summer period having conferred no less than 7 first degrees at both emergency meetings and at Craigantlet lodge of friendship in Holywood who kindly helped us out by allowing us to confer 2 first degrees on…


  • 02.04.2018

    Temple 51 brief History

    I was delighted to welcome representatives from Temple Lodge No 51, Arthur Square and Edenderry Lodge No 544 Crumlin Road to our museum in Rosemary Street last night, before they went upstairs to hold a combined meeting in the Provincial Grand Lodge Room. For those…


  • 04.03.2018

    Video on what’s it like to be a freemason

    Below is a link to a video on the United Grand Lodge of England website on being a Freemason. http://www.ugle.org.uk/about-freemasonry/video-library/videos/169-whats-it-all-about


  • 17.02.2018

    Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting in the Ulster Hall 26th May 2018

    A special Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim will be held in the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast on the 26th May 2018 at 2.30pm. It will be followed by a Celebratory Ball in Belfast city hall.


  • 04.01.2018

    22nd January 2018 – 100th anniversary of the passing of W.T. Braithwaite

    V.W. Bro. William Thomas Braithwaite, 18°. Former member of Temple Masonic Lodge 51 Extract from “History of Masonic Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast” by Samuel Leighton, 1927. V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18° V.W. Bro. W. T. Braithwaite, 18°, P.M.W.S. Chapter 12, P.P.S.G. Warden, Antrim.   P.M.,…


  • 20.12.2017

    Temple 51 Christmas Dinner 2017

    On Wednesday the 6th of December 2017 we had our annual Christmas dinner. As usual we were accompanied by our partners, wives, girlfriends, kids etc. There were 47 who sat down to dinner in the main function room in Arthur square. The new caterer did…


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