Ampthill Lodge 2490

Ampthill Lodge

The oldest of the freemasonary lodges meeting in ampthill

Ampthill Lodge is the oldest of the freemason lodges meeting in Ampthill.   It was formed in 1894, but the petition to establish it was dated 15th June 1893.   The petition was signed by the founder members of the lodge and was approved by Lord Ampthill, who was later to become the Pro Grand Master of England.

The members of Ampthill Lodge are always pleased to receive requests to join – which should be directed in the first instance to a known brother or to the lodge secretary via email to



Ampthill Lodge meets on the first Tuesday of the month in October, November, December, February, March, April and May – and on the second Tuesday in January.


Visitors are welcome and please contact the secretary if you do not know any of the members of Ampthill Lodge.


The lodge took the name of Lord Ampthill. Lord Ampthill, or Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill, GCSI, GCIE, DL, JP (who was also known as Arthur) was a member of several different lodges. Lord Ampthill was initiated into the Apollo University Lodge, No. 357, Oxford, in 1890. He went on to fill the chief office in several lodges, including the Bard of Avon Lodge, No. 778, Hampton Court; The Royal Alpha Lodge, No. 16, London; and the Grand Master’s Lodge, No. 1. He was made Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire in 1900 and was District Grand Master of Madras from 1901 to 1906. He served as Pro Grand Master of England from 1908 to his death in 1935.

Lord Ampthill was a distinguished diplomat and spent some time as the Governor of Madras and then the Viceroy of India.   A masonic Lodge under his name “Lodge Ampthill No.3682 E.C.” was also formed in 1913 in Coimbatore, India under United Grand Lodge of England and District Grand Lodge of Madras and continues to this day.   Click here to visit its website






The United Grand Lodge have produced an interesting booklet and please click on the link below to find out more about Freemasonry.

download the PDF booklet to read at your leisure.


Freemasonry is open to men who are aged 21 or older (although there are local Lady Freemason Lodges), providing that one;

  • Believes in a Supreme Being.  Freemasonry is open to all who have this believe, regardless of religion.  Discussion of religion is not permitted in our Lodges
  • Is of good character.  Freemasonry expects the highest standards from its members.

Clearly we hope that membership will not be a financial strain on one’s dependants.  The cost of membership is about £17 per month which covers the cost of our dedicated premises in Ampthill, administration both at a local and national level, regular information and magazines.  Meals, social events and charitable giving are on top of this, but are at a brother’s discretion.


Interested in becoming a Freemason?


If you would be interested in becoming a freemason and joining Ampthill Lodge, please email us so that we can arrange to meet you and answer any questions you may have.


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