Loyal "Well of Salvation" Lodge No. 447 of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity)

The Loyal "Well of Salvation" Lodge (No. 447) was a lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) formed at Kirkburton and which met at the Royal Hotel.

History

The lodge's 1853 anniversary dinner was held on Easter Monday at the Royal Hotel, prior to which they attended a service at All Hallows. The annual reported noted that the lodge had 148 members and the finances totalled £630.[1]

On 4 June 1853, members presented Past Provincial Grand Master (P.P.G.M.) Edwards Ainsworth with a "testimonial, as a mark of their esteem and respect for the valuable services rendered to the society for upwards of 21 years". Ainsworth was immigrating to America to join relatives. It was reported the lodge now had 151 members and had presented the widow of Brother James Heptonstall with £2.[2]

The lodge suspended membership fees for three months in 1855 "in consequence of the almost unprecedented distress which prevails in [the Kirkburton] neighbourhood".[3] The anniversary dinner that year was held on Easter Monday at the George Inn.[4]

The 1856 report noted that the lodge had 174 members and funds of about £800.[5]

143 members attended the 1857 dinner which was held on Easter Monday at the George Inn, Kirkburton. The annual report stated that the lodge's funds were nearly £1,000 and they had 193 members.[6]

Notes and References

  1. "Kirkburton" in Huddersfield Chronicle (02/Apr/1853).
  2. "Kirkburton" in Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Jun/1853).
  3. "The Benefit Societies" in Huddersfield Chronicle (03/Feb/1855).
  4. "Kirkburton" in Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Apr/1855).
  5. "Kirkburton" in Huddersfield Chronicle (29/Mar/1856).
  6. "Local and District News" in Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Apr/1857).