Alfreton Masonic Temple was originally built as a library in 1938 by an American Philanthropist named Robert Watchorn who was born in Alfreton and emigrated to the USA in his early teens. He made his fortune before returning to England and in the 1930’s he bought up and demolished the row of back to back miner’s houses where he was born. He then built the Watchorn Methodist Church, a substantial number of houses, and the Abraham Lincoln Library as an educational facility for Alfreton.

Photograph of the Crowd outside the Watchorn Memorial Church, Alfreton 1929

Thursday 11 July 1929 , Derby Daily Telegraph , Derbyshire, England

During the 1939/45 war the library was taken over as an Army Hospital by the government and after the war, it was used by the National Health Service as an insurance office for the distribution of coupons, ration cards etc.

The building stood empty for a few years until 1970 when it was purchased from the Robert Watchorn Trust by Alfreton Masonic Hall Ltd, in which the Royal Alfred Lodge 1028 and the Vulcan Lodge No. 4382 were instrumental in bringing this about. The ceremony of dedication of the new Temple took place on the 2nd November 1970, the Dedicating Officer being the Provincial Grand Master, aided by his team of Provincial Officers.

The temple is currently  home to four Craft Lodges Namely Vulcan Lodge No. 4382, Royal Alfred Lodge No. 1028, Morcar Lodge No. 8458 and St Thomas Lodge  No. 2583

Alfreton Masonic Hall also hosts St Martin Mark Lodge, Mount Ararat RAM Lodge, The Derbyshire Division of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Holy Royal Arch No. 1028


To all intents and purposes, the Hall consists of the Lodge Room, robing areas, toilet facilities and a Dining Room in Bar Facilities.


There is a substantial car park that should accommodate all vehicles for any occasion or event.


The Masonic Hall,
Derby Road,
Derbyshire, DE55 7AQ.

Find a list of Hotels near the lodge below


Travelodge Alfreton Hotel
Old Swanwick
Colliery Road
DE55 1HJ
Tel: 0871 984 6119

The Derbyshire Hotel
Carter Lane East,
South Normanton,
Derby, DE55 2EH,
T 0844 854 2910

Premier Inn
Carter Lane East,
South Normanton,
Derbyshire DE55 2DY
T: 0871 527 8758*

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