The Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
If you’ve ever wandered round the cemetery at Cleethorpes you may well have seen several interesting 1800s gravestones and perhaps wondered . . .
Who and what were the Odd Fellows and what did they do ?
I suspect most people have heard of the Freemason whilst few have probably heard of the fraternal organization called the Odd Fellows, yet at one time it’s suggested it was an even bigger organization than The Freemasons!
I’ve been unable to pin down a date when the society first came into being, dates of the 12th and 13th century are tentatively mentioned but it looks like the 18th and 19th century really saw them at strength.
I took two photographs today at the Cleethorpes cemetery to give people an idea of what the headstones look like but also as it strikes me how much the Odd Fellows membership meant to members, after all they chose it to be so prominent in the final marker of their lives.
For those who love something ’spooky’ . . . I took 2 photographs, I chose these 2 stones based purely on the direction of light, tonight I note the names, 2 names that have cropped up on the site before and both uncommon Appleyard and (young man in photograph) Coulbeck
The stated purpose of the society was basically to promote a better society, greater love and harmony etc, these notions were international as societies were spread throughout the world but I’d like to concentrate on the Cleethorpes Odd Fellows
To that end I wonder whether we can find out what sort of things the society actually did in and around Cleethorpes.
I’ve found one reference dating back to the 1870s which states Cleethorpes had a lifeboat thanks to the generosity of the Unity Order of Odd Fellows, albeit the Manchester one ?!
The National Archives list the organization under the “Freemasons and friendly societies” under the title of . . .
Independent Order of Oddfellows, Cleethorpes Unity: Loyal Fishermans Rest Lodge.
I think we’ll head over to comments now and hopefully expand on the information above.
If you can add anything specifically connected to the Odd Fellows of Cleethorpes then please do leave a comment.
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Related Later Article: The Odd Fellows Lifeboat