Torbay Lodge No.1358 was formed in 1871, ninety-nine years after the formation of the first Torbay Lodge No.427

At a meeting on 24 April 1871 presided over by Rev Robert Bowden (St John’s No 328) unanimously agreed that a Freemasons Lodge should be established in Paignton. The Worshipful Master and Wardens of Pleiades Lodge No 710 were invited and agreed to support a prayer of Petition. The warrant was granted on 26 May 1871 to meet at the newly built Town Hall at the junction of New Street and the Totnes Turnpike. Records show that in May 1871 “the three rooms upstairs to be let as a Freemason’s Lodge for £15 a year”

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