Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organisation in existence. The first Grand Lodge was founded in London in 1717, although there is clear evidence that it existed before that date.
Freemasons meet in Lodges, of which there are 15 in Herefordshire, forming the Province of Herefordshire. The Province, like all the other 46 in England and Wales, is governed by the United Grand Lodge of England. There are nearly 600 Freemasons in Herefordshire alone.