The Royal Standard Lodge No 498 has been connected with the town of Dudley for over 160 years. It originally met in Kidderminster and was the third lodge in that town to be consecrated by the United Grand Lodge of England.
The Lodge of Hope and Charity is our mother lodge and was formed in 1824, but certain notable brethren decided to form another lodge and so, in 1844, The Royal Standard Lodge was consecrated.
During the following seven years, the lodge met in several different places and in 1851 it was decided to move to the Dudley Arms Hotel in Dudley town centre.
In 1935, The Laurels, a substantial residence on Wellington Rd Dudley was purchased for the purpose of holding Masonic meetings and subsequently several lodges moved to the present site which is now “the Home of Freemasonry in Dudley”.
There are many other interesting items of history involving the lodge and freemasonry in general. Perhaps you may wish to wander down these paths and if so, whether you are a member or not, you are most welcome to browse our site.