Welcome to Isis Lodge - Freemasonry in Oxfordshire

The Isis Crest

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The Isis crest, incorporating reference to the River Isis, the Goddess Isis and the Ox of Oxfordshire.

The Installation of our 99th Worshipful Master

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W. Bro. J.A.A. Alder (2nd Right) on his installation as the 99th Worshipful Master of the Isis Lodge, with (2nd Left) the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. J.R.G. Hilditch, and other members of the Provincial Team.

About ISIS Lodge no. 4242

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ISIS Lodge no. 4242 is situated within the Province of Oxford, named after the River Isis (also known as the river Thames), and constituted under the United Grand Lodge of England (the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, now over 300 years old).


We were consecrated on Tuesday, 28th June 1921: a daughter to Bertie Lodge (No. 1515). This ceremony was conducted by the Viscount Valentia, then Provincial Grand Master of Oxfordshire.


The first meeting of the Isis Lodge was held at the Masonic Buildings in High Street Oxford on April 12th 1920. The petition to Grand Lodge in London to open a  new Lodge was "lost" and permission was not granted until 17th March 1921. 


The consecration took place on 28th June 1921. The Initiation fee was 8 guineas but there was also a fee of 2 guineas for passing and 2 guineas for raising. 


The annual subscription was £2-12-6 and that included all meals with the exception of the Installation Banquet. 


The 25th anniversary meeting was held on 28th June 1946 at the Carfax Assembly Rooms in Oxford. In 1960 meetings transferred to the Masonic Centre at 333 Banbury Road in North Oxford. 


The Lodge celebrated its 500th meeting on March 30th 1992 with W.Bro. Richard Jones in the chair. It was attended by over 120 brethren. 


In early 2018, the Lodge moved to its current home of Cardinal House, in the village of Nuneham Courtenay, a short journey outside of Oxford.


Whilst many lodges constitute their members from a particular profession or common interest: we have no criteria for membership other than those demanded by Freemasonry as a whole.


If you are interested in becoming a Freemason, or would simply like to know more: please get in touch with us using the contact form below. 


Contrary to popular opinion: we are keen to tell people more about our work. We are not a secret society. We are a society with secrets!

When we meet

As a lodge, we meet five times a year, always in the evening, followed by dinner:


Last Monday in January

Last Monday in February

Last Monday in March

Last Monday in September - Installation

Last Monday in November