The Leeds Lodge of The Theosophical Society was founded in September 1900.
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A Short history compiled for the Centenary of Leeds Theosophical Society
Alfred R. Orage (1873 – 1934) with others, founded the Lodge on 19 September 1900, and was its first President. Orage produced his own journal – The New Age – for many years. George Bernard Shaw said that Orage was the most brilliant editor that England had produced for a hundred years. While T. S. Eliot wrote of him as the “finest critical intelligence of our day.”
Orage ran a variety of study groups. One of these included Dr Maurice Nicholl – one of Dr Carl Jung‘s foremost exponents. In 1914 Orage met P. D. Ouspensky, by 1920 they had begun a group in the western world studying Gurdjieff‘s ideas and in 1924, Orage went to New York with Gurdjieff. He organised groups to study Gurdjieff’s ideas and demonstrate sacred dance. He returned to England in 1932 whereupon he founded the New English Weekly. Orage died in November 1934 at the age of 61.
Leeds Lodge had no permanent home for its first ten years of operation. Between 1911 and 1917 the Lodge purchased numbers 12 to 14 Queen Square for the sum of £1,350. In the 1920s the premises were extended and major alterations undertaken at a cost of £450. This was to increase the size of the lecture hall so that it could seat 200 to 300 people.
It was only through the hard work of three Leeds Lodge officers that the Lodge is in such a secure position today. They were: Mrs Annie Hyde, who was President for ten very difficult years (1929 – 39); Mr Foulds, the Secretary and Mr Fielding, the Treasurer. Our gratitude goes out to these three members. Loving service has also been given by many members in more recent years.
Leslie Bolton was the longest serving member, as Secretary in 1962 and as Treasurer from 1963 to 1983.
Cyril Solomon was President from 1961 to 1963 and from 1964 to 1978.