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St Edmund’s Church

Now redundant as a place of worship, St Edmund’s Church is Grade I listed and an astounding piece of Victorian religious architecture, blending neo-Gothic with Masonic symbolism.

It was commissioned by the industrialist and freemason Albert Hudson Royds and was designed, built and decorated to exceptionally high standards.

The degree of Masonic symbolism at St Edmund’s is unheard of in UK churches, and is inescapable in fittings like the hammer-beam roof (embellished with lilies, water-lilies and pomegranates), the lectern, weathervane and in the stained glass windows.

The Royds Chapel is a high point, featuring a window evoking Nehemiah and Ezra, and depicting the Masonic outer guard, the Tyler, holding the Tyler’s sword.

You can also make out an image of Solomon’s Temple, and eagle-eyed observers will see Hudson Royd’s likeness in one of the master masons here.

St Edmund’s Church
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