United Grand Lodge of England
The United Grand Lodge of England is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Its headquarters are at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
Freemasons’ hall has been the centre of English Freemasonry for 230 years. The present building is the third on the site. Freemasons’ Hall is an imposing building constructed between 1927-33, built in stunning art deco architecture as a memorial to the Freemasons who died in the First World War. As such the building is now Grade II* listed and has been used as a location in many film and television productions. Including BBC’s Spooks drama; Sherlock Holmes; The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Johnny English; and Green Zone. It is also used for many Fashion events and public exhibitions. The building is also open to the public for tours run by The Library and Museum Freemasonry.
The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over a quarter of a million members meeting in over 8,000 Lodges, which are grouped as follows:
Lodges meeting in London (an area generally within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall), are administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, which is headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.
Lodges meeting outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, are grouped into 47 Provinces, whose boundaries often correspond to those of the old Counties, with each headed by a Provincial Grand Master.
In the case of Spero Lodge we are under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex. Essex Freemasons meet at Freemasons’ Hall for the Provincial Annual Meeting.