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ReferenceDSO 83
TitleLoyal Beacon Lodge of Independent Order of Oddfellows, Penrith
DescriptionMinutes, financial and administrative records
Date1836-1978
ContextThe Manchester Unity of Oddfellows was formed by a few working men in Manchester in 1812 for social reasons, with a collection at meetings if needed; very soon this gave place to regular weekly contributions and benefits for sickness, funerals, etc. By 1902, the Manchester Unity held the premier position in the Order, and had 462 districts, 4804 lodges. The Order was established in Cumberland in 1833, and in Penrith in 1836; by 1902, there were 7 districts, 747 lodges, 8052 members in Cumberland, and 8 lodges, 800 members, in the Penrith district.. A Juvenile Lodge was formed in Penrith in 1890, to instil "thrift and common-sense" in the boys, and to act as the main recruitment-ground for the adult Lodge, whose main enemy was old age and its effects. By 1898, the Juvenile Lodge at Penrith had 66 members; by 1902, there were 77. Also deposited are minutes of the Female Lodge, Penrith, for 1945-78. The Loyal Beacon Lodge (M.U. 1061), Penrith, was instituted on 5 March 1836 in the Dockray Hall (now Gloucester Arms), Great Dockray, with 11 members. The various minute books (Items 1-51 below) record the following locations of its Lodge Room:. Place of the Room: Dated mentioned: DSO/83 ref:. Dockray Hall (Gloucester Arms) 1836 1. Bell and Bullock Hotel, 11 King Street 1869, 1890 3, 32. Birch Trees, Great Dockray 1894 - 95 4, 32. Y.M.C.A., Sandgate Moved there in Nov. 1931 24. Duke Street 1941 - 46 33. Penrith Liberal Club Jan. 1945 12. Reed's Buildings, Rowcliffe Lane 1946 - 55 10, 55. Methodist Chapel, Scotland Road Opened 7 Jan. 1956 as the Oddfellows Hall having been bought from Penrith Methodist Circuit 15. The Lodge has met monthly on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. for many years now.. Main source for the above historical note; press-cutting at front of DSO/83/5.
Related materialFor the Scotland Road premises as a Wesleyan Chapel, see DSO/83/DFCM/3.
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