8 thoughts on “Druids Brass Band c1902

  1. Ancient Order of Druids [around 1900]
    My great-grandfather was assistant secretary at the William Tell Lodge [No 1354] of the Darlington District [The Northern Echo, February 8, 1892], Presentation to Mr Henry Fell Pease MP..
    In the Northern Echo, April 9, 1900, the Darlington Druids had a presentation to Dr Eastwood at a Lodge meeting. My great-grandfather was presented with a handsome writing desk suitably inscribed who was made a member on the 4th of September, 1875. I wonder where it is now, obviously hard to answer for anyone. He was then living in Stockton around 1899.


  2. Interestingly I have been told that my Great Grandfather James Clasper was a Druid, he lived in Stockton-on-Tees. Can anybody give me any information about the Druids/lodges in Stockton in the late 19th and early 20th century?


      • During the late Victorian period, in the absence of State Pensions, or Social Welfare, a number of friendly societies were established to provide benefits for their members in time of need. These societies included the Foresters, the Oddfellows, the Shepherds, and the Order of Druids. According to an article in the Evening Gazette in 1899, the Order of Druids had just over 1,300 members in Stockton. They were arranged into about 12 lodges, which covered different parts of the town e.g. The Flower of Parkfield Lodge.

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          • I tried searching through the on-line Newspaper Archive, but there were very few references to the Order of Druids. The major event was about 1898 when all members of the Stockton a Division marched through the town from Norton Road to Ropner Park. The article mentions various officers in the movement. But did not mention the separate Lodges.


  3. Hi do you have any names for the people in the band? My grandfather William Allan was a druid in the John Eaton lodge in Stockton-on-Tees in 1900, he was a musical person. Regards Ken


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