Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds – Lealholm

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Long before any state benefits, friendly societies existed to help families financially during times of illness or death in return for a monthly payment. The plaque is above the door of the Shepherds Hall which dates from 1873 (now a tea room)

The branch (No. 1343) was actually established in 1861Loyal Order of the Ancient Shepherds - Lealholm

They still exist today as the Shepherds Friendly Society, offering savings and insurance.

2 thoughts on “Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds – Lealholm

  1. My father told me that before the welfare state that you could apply to the church for help or this person or association called kind Joe for help. I’ve not researched this but it could be simular to the loyal order of ancient shepherds.

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