Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511
We are Freemasons in Essex and are therefore Essex Freemasons.

St Laurence is a Freemasons lodge situated in the Masonic Province of Essex and we are therefore Essex Freemasons. Our lodge was founded in 1935 and is warranted under the United Grand Lodge of England. The Lodge meets in Upminster, Essex which is in the London Borough of Havering on the east side of London.
St Laurence Lodge welcomes new members.

An innovative and growing lodge of Essex Freemasons that has a programme of interesting events planned for the future. Some events will include ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to join us and become Essex Freemasons. However, others will advance the masonic development of our brethren. Often, our brethren will take part in specially arranged ceremonies at other lodges associated with St Laurence. See our events page for past and forthcoming masonic and social events.

Latest Events

*** Braza Brazilian Restaurant - 17th May 2024 ***
*** Darjeeling Tandoori - 26th April 2023 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 11th March 2023 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 14th January 2023 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 12th November 2022 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 8th October 2022 ***
*** Indian Banquet Night - 27th July 2022 ***
*** Topgolf Social Evening - 21st May 2022 ***
*** St Laurence Lodge Meeting - 12th March 2022 ***
*** St Laurence Lodge Meeting - 8th January 2022 ***
*** American Lodge Meeting ***
*** Tarantino's Restaurant - 20th November 2021 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 9th October 2021 ***
*** Key Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic May 2020 ***
*** Delivering Sunday Lunches to those in Need ***
*** The Railway - 10th February 2020 ***
*** Installation Meeting - 11th January 2020 ***
*** Five Minute Lectures ***
*** Discover Freemasonry ***
*** Pizza Express - 23rd August 2019 ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling - 22nd May 2019 ***
*** Seven Apprenticed Freemasons ***
*** Tercentenary Celebration of the Founding of the Premier Grand Lodge ***
***Lodge of Instruction Update ***
*** Masonic Charitable Foundation Videos ***
*** What's it like to be a Freemason ***

*** Freemasonry - What's It All About? *** .

New members

We welcome decent men who want to become Essex Freemasons and learn about the secrets and mysteries of Ancient Freemasonry. These will be men who wish to be part of a worldwide fraternity whose members enjoy each other's company. They will normally be at least 21 years old although in some cases men may also apply who are 18.

Please see the Join Us page if you want to learn how to become an Essex Freemason. Also, you can use the contact form to email the Lodge Secretary. It can be daunting to reach out but there will always be a friendly welcome here at St Laurence Lodge. Rank and fortune are not important to Freemasons. Neither are religious choices, colour, creed or sexual preferences. Therefore, all suitable men are truly welcome. If you would like to find out more about Freemasons and how to join us, please do get in touch. If you do, you will receive friendly advice on how to become an Essex Freemason.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain gave an oration for the benefit of a newly made brother at a previous meeting. He spoke about the principles of Masonry and the fact that all Freemasons within its order are equal. It is a very nice piece which you can read here. .

The magazine Freemasonry Today is an official publication from the United Grand Lodge of England. It is published four times a year and packed with information, articles and stories. You can access it online without charge. Please do have a look if you are interested in Freemasonry.

Our members

St Laurence Lodge is old enough to have traditions which we enjoy and yet young enough not to be swamped by them. The ages of our members range from 23 to nearly 90. They are brethren in the building trades, a printer, people in insurance and property. Also an accountant, an author, a trainer, a commercial diver, people in computing and office equipment, a book binder, a taxi driver and a few retired folk. St Laurence Lodge members generally live in South East Essex and East London. In Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster (within Havering), Brentwood, Grays, Southend, Harlow, Barking and Dagenham, Chelmsford, Billericay, Witham and Basildon.

When and where 

Four times a year on a Saturday at the Upminster Masonic Hall in Deyncourt Gardens, Upminster, Essex, England. You can travel to the hall quite easily by road or rail.  There is plenty of parking at the Masonic Hall and Upminster Station is only a 10 minute walk. Meetings usually start around 3:15pm and the following festive board finishes at about 9:30pm. Many other Freemasons' lodges also meet at this masonic hall, which has been renamed "The Square at Upminster". Ingrebourne Lodge, Abbots Hall Lodge, Engayne Lodge and Upminster Hall Lodge (family lodges) are among these.

Lodge of Instruction is held between September and May on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Romford, Essex. You can attend as soon as you become a Freemason. In fact it is most desirable because you will learn about Freemasonry and the ritual. Life long friends will also be made.

The Future of Freemasonry

The respected Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford previously released a comprehensive and independent report on the future of Freemasonry.  As Nigel Brown, the Grand Secretary said, "the report suggests that, contrary to much misleading commentary, Freemasonry does in fact demonstrate genuine openness and transparency. It concludes that Freemasonry is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In particular"......... read more.