The Oddfellows 1810-2010


Two hundred years of making friends and helping people

This wonderful book vividly portrays the life of The Oddfellows since the Society’s birth, and is certain to fascinate all current Society members, for whom it will be a treasured keepsake. It is also, however, a valuable and interesting resource for historians, those connected with the study of friendly societies, and anyone interested in British social history.



On 10 October 1810, 27 men came together to form the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity. It was to be the beginning of an organisation which would always appealed to the best in people. It had treated them as capable of exercising responsibility, and empowered them to face the challenges of life. All the principles and practices of Oddfellowship developed from these core values, which still characterise the Society today.

The story of the last two centuries, including many dramatic changes, is chronicled in this well-researched, readable and lively history, lavishly illustrated with many wonderful photographs, documents and commemorative memorabilia. And, as befits a Society that values its members so highly, there are also contributions from present-day Oddfellows, whose memories and recollections have been passed down through families over generations.

Daniel Weinbren has published widely on the subject of friendly societies and fraternal and mutual associations, and in 1999 he established the Friendly Societies Research Group. His publications include books about the First World War, the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, Royal Ordnance Patricroft and people’s lives within the Labour Party. He is currently writing a history of the place where he works, The Open University.

  • Author: Daniel Weinbren
  • Binding: hardback
  • ISBN: 978-1-85936-207-5
  • Pages: 384
  • Illustrations: 120, many in colour
  • Date of Publication: 23 February 2010
  • Dimensions: 243 × 169mm

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