Loyal "Friendship" Lodge No. 27 of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity)

The Loyal "Friendship" Lodge (No. 27) was a lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) formed in the Saddleworth area.


In 1852, the Lodge held their anniversary dinner at the Commercial Inn, Uppermill, on Shrove Tuesday. It was reported that they had 191 members with an average age of 32 or 33 years, and that the finances were around £1,500.[1]

Around 180 members attended the 1854 anniversary dinner held on 28 February at the Commercial Inn. The finances were reported to be about £1,600.[2]

The 1855 annual dinner was held on 5 February and attracted around 170 members.[3] Around 160 attended the 1857 dinner held on 24 February, which was followed by a ball in the evening.[4]

The 1858 dinner was held on 16 February at the Commercial Inn with around 200 members, presided over by Past Grand Master (P.G.M.) Buckley Heap.[5]

Notes and References

  1. "Saddleworth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Feb/1852).
  2. "Saddleworth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (04/Mar/1854).
  3. "Oddfellow's Festival at Uppermill" in Huddersfield Chronicle (09/Feb/1855).
  4. "Saddleworth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Feb/1857).
  5. "Saddleworth" in Huddersfield Chronicle (20/Feb/1858).