Welcome to Manchester Orange
The Manchester Orange Order history & cultural heritage web portal.
Manchester is the birth place of The Orange Order in England. The Orange Order has been a large part of Manchester's cultural heritage for over 200 years with 23 active Orange Lodges in existence in 1811. By 1830 over 77 Orange Lodges existed in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The Orange Institution is one of the oldest organisations in Manchester that has been in constant existence since 1800.
There has been a long military association with the Orange Institution in Manchester. Many ex-servicemen in Manchester have swelled the ranks the Orange Institution for over 200 years, holding God, their Monarch and Country in high esteem. In fact many of Manchester's past Orangemen fought and died in past wars including the Boer War and WW1 and WW2. Today, we continue to support our serving troops and continue to attract new members from the British Armed Forces.
Into the 21st Century, there are active Orange Lodges in Manchester with further local lodges in Bolton, Salford and Stockport with others nearby in Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley and Preston. Orange Lodges in Greater Manchester and around England are enjoying a revival with many lodges attracting new members every month. The principles on which The Orange Institution was founded are even more important and relevant to English Protestants today than they ever were. Orange Parades are held throughout England on an annual basis.
This website is maintained by The Robert Jocelyn (3rd Earl of Roden) Memorial 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.
What is the Orange Order ?
The Orange Order is a worldwide multi-cultural Protestant fraternity with staunch beliefs based on the Reformation principles and truths of the Open Bible. We welcome new members from all ethnic backgrounds who belong to the Reformed Faith and support the British Monarchy.
The Orange Order commemorates William of Orange, the Dutch prince who became King of England, Scotland, and Ireland in The Glorious Revolution of 1688. King William III ended a violent period of religious intolerance by Roman Catholic monarchs and brought positive lasting wide scale reform to the British society. Including The Bill of Rights and The Act of Settlement both of which are at the centre of British society to this day.
The Orange Order in England is structured in a pyramid hierarchy, with governing The Grand Lodge of England at the top, followed by Orange Provinces, Orange Districts and finally individual Orange Lodges. Orange Lodges meet in community and church halls each month and sit in ancient form.
Members of the Orange Order come from all walks of life. The organisation has historically drawn it's membership from all classes of society, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. The Orange Institution is an inclusive organisation made up from many races, with African and Native American members celebrating our shared Protestant Orange heritage.
The Orange Order is probably best known because of the traditional public processions or Orange Parades through town and city centres. We hold Orange Parades to give public witness to our Faith. Orange Order Parades consist of marching bands playing traditional Orange music and Christian Hymns followed by Orangemen walking in lodge form with regalia and ceremonial artifacts. Members of the Orange Order take part in public processions throughout the United Kingdom, including the annual parade through Manchester City Centre each year. Lodges often travel to support parades organised by other Orange Lodges throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and sometimes further afield.
Orange Lodges raise money collectively and individually for charity each year and we are increasingly becoming engaged in outreach work to support local communities.
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