Records of the Loyal Dovey Lodge of Oddfellows

Scope and Content

Records of the Loyal Dovey Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, 1851-1972, including returns, 1912-1957; valuation papers, 1922-1953; balance sheets, 1907-1957; ledgers, 1941-1968; pence books, 1886-1908; cash books, 1886-1918; contribution book, 1909-1964; analysis books, 1940-1965; night books, 1908-1956; sickness registers, 1914-1961; sickness record cards, 1876-1939; medical certificates, 1949-1971; special rules, [c. 1912]-1938; miscellaneous papers, 1928-1971; records of the Loyal Dovey Juvenile Lodge, 1897-1938, including returns, 1911-1932; contribution books, 1897-1938; letters, 1922-1938; Bera Castle Lodge records, 1951-1972; Sir John Edwards Lodge, Corris, records, 1926-1972; and Manchester Unity publications, 1851-1972.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Oddfellows are fraternal and benevolent societies, which originated in England in the 18th century. The Independent Order of Oddfellows (Manchester Unity) Friendly Society was founded in about 1810. The Loyal Dovey Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows was part of the Gwalia District, located in Aberdyfi, Merionethshire. The Loyal Dovey Juvenile Lodge amalgamated with the adult lodge in 1938. The Dovey Lodge amalgamated with the Bera Castle Lodge and Sir John Edwards Lodge, Corris, in 1972.


Arranged into the following: Loyal Dovey Lodge; Loyal Dovey Juvenile Lodge; Bera Castle Lodge; Sir John Edwards Lodge, Corris; and Manchester Unity publications.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Records of the Loyal Dovey Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows - Manchester Unity Friendly Societies, catalogue; Association of Friendly Societies website (, viewed 3 November 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives and Caernarfon Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.


Accruals are possible

Geographical Names