This evening I went along to Berwyn Lodge to give a talk under the banner of the North Wales Association of Masonic Study!
This was the first time I had given this talk, which was “The True Masonic Church“
The talk was about how while everyone has heard of Rosslyn Chapel as the ultimate Masonic building, it is in fact not Masonic at all. But there is an actual Church that was built by a Freemason, for Freemasons, and full of Masonic symbolism.
St Edmund's Church
St Edmund’s Church in Rochdale, is regarded as one of the finest but least known gems of ecclesiastical architecture in the country. Commissioned by the industrialist and banker Albert Hudson Royds, its interior is packed with Masonic symbolism.
The specific spark that initiated St Edmund’s might have come when on August 10, 1869, the Provincial Grand Lodge convened in the Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral to march in procession to the Cathedral where the new Masonic window that had been built in the north transept was unveiled. On this occasion, Albert Royds (who was already a member of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree) proclaimed: “I ask you to accept this gift from the brethren of our ancient Craft and sometimes, when you look upon its mellowed light, may you be induced to say, ‘O, wonderful Masons!’”.