The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Its headquarters are at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
The United Grand Lodge of England currently has over two hundred thousand members meeting in 6,800 Lodges, which are grouped as follows:
Lodges meeting in London (an area generally within a 10-mile radius of Freemasons’ Hall), are administered by the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, which is headed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.
Lodges meeting outside London, and within England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, are grouped into 47 Provinces, whose boundaries often correspond to those of the old Counties, with each headed by a Provincial Grand Master.
Lodges that meet outside England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are grouped into 33 Districts, with each headed by a District Grand Master, five Groups (ie: currently too small to make up a District), with each headed by a Grand Inspector, and 12 Lodges abroad which are directly administered by Freemasons’ Hall.
Middlesex Province was originally most of what is now London – but as the city grew it pushed the boundary outwards so that Middlesex province is now much smaller – indeed the county does not officially exist anymore. However, Masonic provinces still maintain the old county boundaries.
You will be joining us in 2017 – the tercentenary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster – which later became the United Grand Lodge of England. In 1717 four London lodges came together to form this first Grand Lodge. Three of those lodges were in Middlesex, which then extended to cover most of what is now central London. So it was Middlesex who started the first Grand Lodge! It is appropriate, therefore, that you should join us in Middlesex in 2017 to celebrate the tercentenary.