The Oddfellows are a benevolent society which had its origins in the working men's lodges of the 18th century.
The Manchester Unity, Independent Order of Oddfellows began in 1810, when about 100 Manchester weavers decided to put aside a few coppers from their weekly wages. If one of their number fell ill, he would receive money from the fund to enable him to buy food until he was able to return to work. This person was known as the odd man out, the Odd Fellow.
They were originally political organisations, but evolved into charitable bodies or friendly societies which helped members who had fallen on hard times.
Travelling relief was paid to members who were in search of work and this was one of the most important functions in the early days.
Lodges began to group together, and the Halifax lodges were affiliated with the Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of 1810.
Others groups met at local pubs – including
In 1917, the Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) was recorded at Palatine Chambers, Market Street, Halifax when Amos Culpan was secretary, and the Independent Order of Oddfellows was recorded at 10 Plymouth Grove, Halifax when Arthur Broadley was secretary
Hebden Bridge Oddfellows Luddendenfoot Oddfellows' Friendly Society Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Oddfellows' Arms, Elland Oddfellows' Arms, Halifax Oddfellows' Arms, Holywell Green Oddfellows' Arms, Rishworth Oddfellows' Arms, Sowerby Bridge Oddfellows' Arms, Stainland Oddfellows' Arms, Warley Oddfellows' Hall Vaults, Halifax Oddfellows Street, Brighouse
The Oddfellows, Halifax Oddfellows' Hall, Brighouse Oddfellows' Hall, Halifax Oddfellows' Hall, Luddendenfoot Oddfellows' Hall, Todmorden Royal Hotel & Oddfellows' Hall, Halifax Todmorden Oddfellows Todmorden Oddfellows' Friendly Society Victoria Lodge, Queensbury Walsden Oddfellows Widows' Repose Lodge
See Humility Lodge, Lily of the Valley Lodge, Odd Lads, Prudence of the Vale Lodge, J. A. Riley and Rose of the Valley Lodge
Revised 16:15 /12th August 2018 / mmo174 / 7442
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