The Oddfellows

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.


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

© Malcolm Bull 2023
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