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Lodge of Perpetual Friendship No. 135

Warranted in 1764, although there is evidence that it actually started several years before that. The Lodge of Perpetual Friendship is the second oldest lodge in the province of Somerset:. The earliest record of a Masonic Lodge in Bridgwater was on 28th January 1757 when seven Brethren held a Lodge at the Old Angel, at the rear of the  Royal Clarence Hotel. It is uncertain what name the Lodge used but its Number in 1755 was 326, this number changed several times over the years becoming 135 in 1863. On 27th December 1774 it had been agreed that the name of the Lodge should become The Lodge of Perpetual Friendship. Between the years of 1771 and 1784 the Lodge was in difficulty due to lack of members and therefore lack of
funds and was erased on 19th November 1783 and then reinstated on 11th February 1784. From 1764 to 1790 it held its meeting at the Swan Inn, Cornhill, and up until 1866 at the Lamb Inn, High Street, now the
Duke (the entrance to the then Masonic Hall, now bricked up, can still be seen at the junction of Lamb Lane and Little St. Mary Street and is marked with an escutcheon above the lintel and inscribed " Masonic
Hall" and then at the Royal Clarence Hotel until 1913 when it moved to the newly constructed Masonic Hall in King Square.

Admiral Blake Lodge No. 4692

A petition to form a new craft lodge in Bridgwater was forwarded to Grand Lodge on 14 November 1924. It was accepted and now the Admiral Blake Lodge is one of only three Lodges whose name can be associated with the Parliamentarian leaders of the Civil War. Named to honour Robert
Blake, (left) born in Bridgwater 1598, who died at sea off Plymouth in 1657, and is known as the
Father of the Royal Navy.

Tynte Lodge No. 7994

Tynte Lodge was founded and consecrated in 1964 and is one of three lodges that meet at Bridgwater.  It takes its name from Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte  (1778-1880) of Halswell House, Goathurst, Bridgwater. A Member of Parliament for Bridgwater 1820 - 1837.  It was formed during the building of the First Hinckley Point power station to allow for the influx of construction works and police officers to the area.  The current members of the lodge features a wide variety of backgrounds.

Tynte meet on the third Thursday evening of the month and is well known as a sociable and welcoming Lodge.  We particularly like to meet visiting members and through familial connection members travel widely to visit other lodges throughout the country. 

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