Cabbell Lodge No. 807

Cabbell Lodge

Meeting Place:

  • 47, St. Giles Street,
  • Norwich,
  • NR2 1JR

W.M: Josef Lambert
Tel: 07900 016413 (Mobile)

Secretary: Brian A. Nestor, 45 Mansfield Lane, Norwich, NR1 2JT
Tel: 01603 449677

Almoner: Dorian J. MacGovern-Avellino, 3 Broadwater Way, Horning, Norfolk, NR12 8PD
Tel: 07957 222799

Next Master: Peter D. Whitmore, 13 Cozens Road, Norwich, NR1 1JJ
Tel: 07725 333964 (Mobile)


Cabbell Lodge in the 21st Century

We are doing well as a Lodge and have had many young Masons join us in the past few years. This gives our Lodge a lively and young outlook and something which our visitors frequently comment on as an asset. Members still meet most Wednesdays at our ‘School of Instruction’ so the standard of our unique Ritual is maintained. So, if you are looking for a Lodge to join or to visit in Norwich, please get in touch with our Secretary who will be happy to make the necessary arrangements.

We have a great history too…

The Warrant of February, 1860, in the name of the Grand Lodge of England, consisting ‘a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons under the title of the Cabbell Lodge No. 1109 to meet at the Star Inn, St. Peter of Mancroft’. The Thursday meeting was convenient for business people and shopkeepers particularly as Thursday was traditionally the day shops closed early in the city. The consecration took place on Thursday April 19th, 1860 which places it fourth chronologically of the surviving Norwich Masonic Lodges, and there are in fact only eight remaining older Lodges in the whole of the Province of Norfolk. Cabbell was the first of these to be named after an individual. He was Benjamin Bond Cabbell, FRS, FSA, of Cromer Hall, the tenth Provincial Grand Master for Norfolk, appointed in 1854, a Past Master of Lodge of Antiquity, No. 2 – one of the ‘red apron’ Lodges – and Junior Grand Warden (Grand Lodge) in 1828. During his Provincial Grand Mastership six new Lodges were founded, three of them in Norwich (Cabbell, 1860; Sincerity, 1863; Walpole, 1874). Already 79 when Cabbell Lodge was consecrated, the ProvGM was unable to be present at the ceremony, but he signified his interest by subsequently contributing over sixty pounds to the three Masonic Charities in the name of Cabbell Lodge, whose Worshipful Master has therefore votes in perpetuity in each of them. Bro. Bond Cabbell, whose portrait in oils by Henry O’Neil, RA, hangs in the Le Strange Temple of the Norwich Masonic Hall, was educated at Westminster, and Exeter College, Oxford, and later became a bencher of the Middle Temple, and a J.P. and D.L. both of Middlesex and Norfolk. He was M.P. for St. Alban’s, 1864-7, and for Boston from 1847 to 1857, but his main interests were scientific rather than legal or political, and though in 1848 he petitioned in favour of a Bill removing the disabilities on Jews entering Parliament and spoke against the window duties which encouraged builders to provide dark and gloomy houses, little was heard of him in Parliament in his later years. He purchased Cromer Hall estate for £65,000 in 1852, served as High Sheriff of Norfolk on 1854, and presented to Cromer in 1868 a fully equipped lifeboat, as well as contributing handsomely to the restoration of the parish church. He lived until the age of 93, and died on 9th December 1874, being buried at Marylebone. A replica of his coat of arms is still carried on the Cabbell Lodge Summons.