Welcome to Manchester Orange
The Manchester Orange Order history & cultural heritage web portal.
of Roden” Loyal Orange Lodge 184 is a component part of Kirkby Royal Arch
District No. 12, a part of the Liverpool Provincial Grand Lodge.
lodge has been a part of the fabric of life in Manchester since 1859 and
continue to meet on a regular basis within the City of Manchester.
The warrant under which L.O.L. 184 meet was granted in
1876 at the time of the amalgamation of
the Orange Institution of Great
Britain and the Grand Protestant Association of Loyal Orangemen of England. Prior to this the number 184 was issued to a lodge in
Glasgow though there was an L.O.L. 185 meeting at Grosvenor Street Temperance
Hall on Oxford Road in 1869. In 1872 this lodge removed to the Orange Hall,
City Road, Hulme in Manchester.
L.O.L. 185 were named in honour of the then 3rd
Earl of Roden who was himself at that time a very prominent member of the Orange
movement in Ireland.
After the amalgamation of the two separate organisations
in 1876 L.O.L. 185 became L.O.L. 184, continued to meet at the Orange Hall,
City Road, Hulme, Manchester and also continued to carry the name of the “Earl
From 1876 L.O.L. 184 continued to be named “Earl of
Roden” in remembrance of the 3rd Earl of Roden.
Manchester was the birthplace of the Orange Order in England and has been a large part of Manchester’s cultural heritage for over 200 years.
The first recorded Orange Warrant in England being that of Colonel Stanley’s Regiment of Lancashire who carried Warrant No. 220 to Manchester this was on the 23rd of November 1798 and so the Orange Order was born in England.
This was the first of many warrants to be brought to England in this way and by 1811 there were 23 active Orange Lodges in existence.
These Military Lodges soon transferred Orangeism to the civilian population and the growth of the Orange Order in England thereafter was rapid, particularly in the Lancashire cotton belt.
In 1807 a County Grand Lodge of Lancashire was founded and the Grand Lodge of England was formed the following year.
By 1830 over 70 Orange Lodges existed in Greater Manchester and Lancashire and by the end of the 19th century they number 91 in Manchester and the surrounding towns.
Thus the Orange Order is one of the oldest organisations in Manchester having been in constant existence since 1798.
Into the 21st
Century, there are active Orange Lodges in Manchester and Stockport with
further local lodges in Bolton and Salford with others nearby
in Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley and Preston. Orange Lodges
in Greater Manchester and around important and relevant to
English Protestants today than they ever were. Orange Parades are
held throughout England on an annual basis.
Orangeism in Manchester
Members of the Orange Order in Manchester are proud of the wealth and
extent of Orange Order heritage in their local area within the City of Manchester
and further afield in Lancashire and Cheshire. We have strong links to local
Army regiments including the Lancashire Fusiliers and the old Manchester and
Salford Volunteer regiments. The Orange Institution is an inclusive
organisation and Manchester Orange Lodges have had members from all social
backgrounds including dozens of members of the clergy from Church of England,
Presbyterian and Methodist churches as well as MP's, local councillors and
trade union members.
The Orange Institution is apolitical, which means that our membership is
made up of people with differing political views and opinions - the constant
binding factors being our Reformed Christian Faith and loyalty to
Queen and Country.
It is common for Orange Lodges in Manchester to agree and demonstrate
against wrongs in society. A recent example was The Orange Order protest
against the planned repeal of The Act of Settlement in 2010 by the Labour
The Orange Order in Manchester is primarily a positive Christian organisation
that promotes the Reformed Faith and the Protestant history and loyal cultural
heritage of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. We will often protest
against aspects of political policy or social inclusion that will have a
detrimental effect on Protestant people in the British Isles and worldwide.
In the past there were many Orange Halls in and around Manchester,
including John Dalton Street in Central Manchester, Stalybridge, Blackburn and
Preston. We are now working once again towards having our own Orange Hall in
Manchester. Members of the Orange Order in Manchester meet in Lodges on a
monthly basis in local Church halls and private clubs.
Orange lodge meetings are largely conducted in the same way that they
have been for over 200 years and this involves following a set formal
structure. Orange lodge meetings offer members the opportunity to regularly
meet with other 'Brothers' and or 'Sisters' and are an important part of the
culture of the Orange Institution.
Lodge meetings are particularly important for elderly members who can
often be otherwise house.
Whilst it is very important for younger members to attend Lodge meetings to enable them to learn more
about the Orange Institution and develop their own knowledge from older
experienced learned members of the Institution.
The Orange Order is a fraternal
organisation which means that members will support one another at all
times. Most individual Lodges belong to Districts and Districts are part of a
Provinces are the component parts of “The Grand Orange Lodge of the
Loyal Orange Institution of England”.
Our aim is to foster a better understanding of the Orange Institution by means
of interacting with all sections of the community and to actively encouraging
contact with those who would like to find out more about the Orange
Institution, it's aims and objectives.
People are often surprised to learn that the Manchester Free Trade Hall
hosted many Orange Order demonstrations throughout the 19th and early 20th
Centuries and as recently as the early 1980s, and to find out that Manchester
Orange Parades often included thousands of Orangemen and local Brass and Fife
and Drum marching bands, congregating on Portland Street and walking 5 miles
each way to Heaton Park in North Manchester.
Read more about Orange Order history in Manchester on our Orange Order history
This website is
maintained by The “Earl of Roden” Loyal Orange Lodge No. 184. We are a
Manchester City Centre Loyal Orange Lodge which meets on a monthly
basis. Loyal Orange Lodge 184 was formed prior to 1869 and was
one of over 50 Orange Lodges in the Manchester area at that time.
Please take time to learn
more about our lodge and The Loyal Orange Institution. If you are interested in
joining the Orange Order, please get in touch.
The Orange Lodges Of Gtr Manchester & Lancashire
A map showing the locations of Orange Lodges in Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
The coloured Orangemen icons represent active Orange Lodges and the black and white Orangemen icons represent an area with Orange Order heritage. Click on the icons for more information about the particular Orange Lodges.
Remember! There are many Orange Lodges and areas with Orange Heritage on this map that are outside of Manchester Province, e.g. Bradford, Warrington, Liverpool, Bootle, Huddersfield, St Helens. Click here to visit other Orange Order websites