These were mutual societies in which a working man paid a subscription in order to receive support when he became ill or too old to work. Some also provided funds – and clothes – for funerals.
These are recorded from the 18th century. Originally, they were strictly male domains and many were hostile to women. Women's societies appeared in the 19th century.
The Friendly Societies Bill  required the societies to provide legal rules governing the funds and the subscriptions.
Later, some friendly societies evolved into building societies.
|Local Friendly Societies|
Bolton Unity Friendly Society Bridge Street Friendly Society, Todmorden Bridge Street Sick & Funeral Society, Todmorden Elland-cum-Greetland Female Friendly Society Elland Friendly Society FearNot Friendly Society Female Sisterly Society Female Sociable Society Free Gift Institution Friendly Society Friendly Amicable Society Girls' Friendly Society Club, Halifax Halifax Benevolent Union Society Halifax Friendly & Trade Societies Club Halifax Friendly Society & General Medical Aid Halifax Royal Friendly Society Halifax Tradesmen's Benevolent Society Hare & Hounds Inn No 1 &Pound;25 Money Club Heptonstall Female Friendly Society Heptonstall New Female Friendly Society Heptonstall New Friendly Society Heptonstall Old Friendly & Mechanical Society King's Head Inn &Pound;25 Money Club Knowlwood Sick & Funeral Society, Todmorden Loyal Georgean Society
Luddendenfoot Free Church Friendly Society Luddendenfoot Friendly Society Mytholmroyd Female Society Number 4 Money Club Offspring of Virtue Friendly Society, Halifax Old Cock Friendly Society Old Friendly Society Old Mechanical Society Old White Lion Society Ovenden Brotherly Society Providence Sick & Funeral Society, Sowerby Ripponden Female Society Royal Liver Friendly Society, Halifax Society of Weavers Sowerby Bridge Friendly Society Todmorden Unitarian Church Burial Society Union Female Society Walsden Parochial Sick & Burial Club West Yorkshire Fire Brigade Friendly Society Wharf Inn Family Funeral Brief
|Local Social Groups|
There are also many other social & fraternal groups, the members of which follow the principles of religious, temperance, and benevolence
Ancient Order of Foresters Benevolent society Clothworkers' Company Court Foresters Hope 143 A. O F. Court March of the Intellect 233 A. O. F. Friendly Society of Workmen Halifax District of the Most Noble Order of the Knights of Malta Hopeful Star Lodge of the Order of Druids Humane Society Independent Order of the Golden Fleece Knights of the Golden Horn Lily of the Valley Lodge 222 G. U. O. O. F. Lodge No 1 Halifax I. O. O. F. Loyal Free Mechanics
Loyal Industry Lodge 1604 I. O. O. F. – M. U. Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds Luddendenfoot Oddfellows' Friendly Society Mechanics Trade Society Peace Restored Lodge 114 I. O. G. F. Bradford Unity Poor Man's Friend Lodge Rest for the Weary Lodge Order of Druids 1037 Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes Senior Society of Clothworkers Three Leaf Shamrock, 1236 Order of Druids Unanimous Society Union Society United Society Yorkshire Glory Lodge 93 United Free Gardeners
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