Freemasonry in Rugby was first established in the year 1844 when the warrant for the Lodge of Rectitude No. 739 was issued by the United Grand Lodge of England on 16th October 1844. The Lodge having been sponsored by the Shakespeare Lodge No. 356, which met in the neighbouring County town of Warwick.
The first recorded meeting in the minute book is that of a special Meeting of the petitioners and others of the Lodge which took place at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Market Place, Rugby on Monday 16th December 1844 for the purpose of: