Church of St Edmund, Falinge, Greater Manchester

Address: Edmund St, Falinge, Rochdale , Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, OL12 6QF
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A Gothic gem set in a diamond


Tucked away in a quiet corner of Rochdale the extraordinary church of St Edmund’s may look like many other Victorian parish churches. On closer inspection it reveals a fascinating blend of gothic revival architecture and Masonic symbolism.

Described by Pevsner as “Rochdale’s Temple to Freemasonry”, this fascinating building was created for wealthy Victorian industrialist and Freemason Albert Hudson Royds in 1870-3 by the Architects James Medland and Henry Taylor.

The symbolism goes beyond architecture to the very position of the church in the Rochdale landscape. Sitting in a diamond shaped churchyard at the highest point in the town it is making an overt reference to the Temple which dominated Jerusalem – casting Rochdale as the New Jerusalem.

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To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

Leave the M62 at junction 20 and follow the A627 (M) onto the A684. Turn right onto the A58 and turn left onto the A680 (Spotland Rd). In ¼ mile turn right onto Clement Royds Street and the church is directly ahead.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Rochdale (1.3 miles). Bus route numbers 438, 444

OS Reference No.

SD 891 138

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Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 


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Comments

  1. Brian moss. (07 Mar 2013, 19:12)

    Would it be possible for unemployed people to become involved in
    the restoration project.
    One of my sons is currently taking a electricians course at Hopwood
    Hall college,he needs to work on actual electrical wireing work to help
    complete his electrical diploma course.
    My name is Mr Brian moss, I contacted RMBC concerning St Edmunds
    having noticed that the door on the roof was blowing open in the wind.
    My parents married at the church in 1936.
    I would like to see the church fully restored to it's former glory.
    I hope all goes well.

  2. Neil Myers (19 Apr 2013, 01:56)

    I am in the process of putting together a group of people that are interested in creating a long term plan for the future of St Edmunds, by attempting to fill the churches diary for years to come. Have lots of great ideas and have consulted the trust, and they are eager to help and interested in my plans. Please contact me at: rochdalepastpresent@talktalk.net or 07707 865433 anytime.

  3. Ian Andrews (15 Jul 2013, 21:01)

    Hi
    I am sorry to add a critical note but the statement on your website to the effect that the "churchyard at the highest point in the town" is quite clearly note true, as can be seen by walking up Falinge Road above the church yard. Might I suggest a slightly different wording to the effect that "the churchyard is on a high point above the town". ;-))

    Cheers

  4. william ernest roberts (20 Jul 2013, 09:03)

    I am interested in St Edumnds more sinceThe Rev Mark Dalby died recently he was Archdeacon for Rochdale for many years and a devoted servant to the church .
    I live in the west midlands , but still keep in touch and visit when ever possible churches in rochdale mailny St Marys in the Baum at
    rev marks request.
    I to woould like to see this church restored to its former glory.
    good luck
    thank you
    w e roberts
    ernie

  5. Susan Warburton nee Hind (03 Sep 2013, 08:41)

    My husband's company, High Level Maintenance Ltd, of Blackburn were requested in January this year to quote for urgent repairs to the tower and roof areas, requiring rope access. When he informed me that he had a meeting at St Edmund's, I asked to accompany him as I had been baptised in this Church 60 years ago. Soon after our family moved from the area to Blackpool. I had never been back to the Church although I had visited Rochdale on numerous occasions to visit grandparents and other relations. It was amazing to go back and to see the actual font in which I had been christened 60 years previously. My maternal grandfather and my father were both masons and I can only assume that they had a close connection with the Church, although my parents were married at the Parish Church. My mother, Margaret Simpson, was a Rose queen in Rochdale but I do not know which Church this was for, it may well have been St Edmund's.
    It was good to see the restoration work in progress and to know that the Church was being cared for so that generations to come would be able to view it. Congratulations and every good wish for the future.

  6. Anne Stamper (19 Feb 2014, 10:50)

    My grandparents Emma and Albert Heywood were among the first couples to be married at this church and my parents, Ethel and Stanley Howarth were also married at St Edmunds in 1933. During the war, when I lived with my grandmother in Rochdale, I attended a children's church service every Sunday afternoon led by the Vicar Ebeneezer Grimes. I was sad when visiting Rochdale a year or two ago to see the church closed and I am glad that there is now a restoration project underway

  7. Gordon mcculloch (26 Apr 2014, 20:34)

    I went to the open day today 26/4/14 and was lucky enough to be there on the day that a talk was being given on the history of this wonderful building and it's links with freemasonry and the rhoyds family whom built this building my what a jewell this place is so so special & so lucky to have it and I must thank howard & Shirley whom I understand are volunteers for the trust ! Well they did you proud today we will be back to st Edmunds & good luck with the fund raising your doing a grand job
    Gordon & family Harrogate

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Church of St Edmund, Falinge, Greater Manchester

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If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.