The Masonic Order of Athelstan in England, Wales and its Provinces Overseas


Province of Essex


The Order is based upon the historic records of the life of King Athelstan who was the son of Edgar the Elder and a grandson of Alfred the Great. He became King of the Anglo-Saxons in 924 AD and King of all the English in 927 AD. He died in 939 AD.

The focus of the Order is to show how this early reference to the importance of Masonry in English history was significant for the development of speculative Freemasonry.

The Masonic Order of Athelstan portrays the story of a Master Mason being called to York in 926 AD to receive the Ancient Charges from the King.

A Master Mason who is and remains a subscribing member of both a Craft Lodge recognised by UGLE and a Royal Arch Chapter. He must be introduced, proposed and seconded by a Court Master Mason.

There is a table of Courts, venues and meeting dates.
Two Courts are Daylight Courts; they both meets at Mark Masons’ Hall, London at 11am followed by lunch. The other Courts meet in the evenings, usually starting between 5 pm and 6 pm and are followed by dinner.

The object of the Order is keep all fees, subscriptions and costs as low as possible. There is no charitable fund raising or office of Charity Steward; we take the view that such endeavours should be channelled through your Craft Lodge.

There is a small Joining Fee. In addition, an annual subscription is payable, comparable to other Masonic Orders, which includes Grand Court and Provincial Grand Court fees. Dining fees vary with each venue and are the same as for Craft, Chapter etc. In addition, members will be required to purchase their own regalia at a cost comparable to the Craft.

When you are “Instructed” into the Order, you will need an apron, which is similar in size and cost to a Master Mason’s apron. As with the Craft, you will need a different apron when you reach the WM chair.

Worldwide, there are more than 120 Courts. In England and Wales there are 93 Courts in 11 Provinces.
Courts have also been consecrated in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Greece, India, Spain and the United States of America and in 2022 Courts will be consecrated in Singapore and Malaysia.