Welcome to the Royal and Select Order, District of Cumberland & Westmorland website which I hope you enjoy. It provides information for those who are keen to take their Freemasonry further. To join this Order you need to have been Advanced in Mark and Exalted into Royal Arch after which you will be ready to explore the four highly dramatic degrees.

The Royal and Select ceremonies will take you on a journey leading from the death of Hiram Abif in the Third Degree to the recovery of the lost word in the Royal Arch. The Order, often known as the Cryptic (referring to a subterranean chamber or vault) Degree, is generally recognised to contain some of the most beautiful ritual in Freemasonry.

The website also provides a means for Members to access News items, information about forthcoming District Events, necessary forms and useful documents. Also accessible are points of contact within the District and in our Councils.


If you are considering participating in this wonderful Order I trust you find that the brief details whet your appetite. Whatever the reason for your visit I hope to see you soon.

R Illustrious Companion Douglas Sanderson
District Grand Master