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UPDATE: There are new ways  you can support the Church, the CCT have setup a number that can be used for donations.

For more details click here. For direct link to the CCT donation page is here. 

Friends of St Edmund’s Church is a group of volunteers that care for  St Edmund’s Church, in Falinge, Rochdale. Friend’s of St. Edmund’s is vested in the care of the churches conservation trust and cared for in partnership with the friends of St. Edmund’s church on their behalf the friends help raise vital funds not only for the upkeep of St. Edmund’s but for the greater work of the Trust that cares for currently 353 historic churches in England.

 

Their goal, however, remains to see St. Edmund’s  Church is used by its community and wider area with the restoration that it so rightly deserves helping to preserve this beautiful and quite unique space for future generations to enjoy?

As part of our work, we work hard in trying to attract events and new ideas to raise funds towards the running cost and work of the CCT. As any visitor of the Church would agree it is a very special and remarkable place and a beautiful example of work the CCT carry out.

St Edmund’s is open the first and third Saturday in the month, throughout the year from 11 am – 4 pm. 

During the summer there are additional opening times.

For private tours or special events, please see our contact us page

The Church

The Church is situated in a small suburban housing estate in the corner of Rochdale, the remarkable church of  St Edmunds site. On first look, it appears to be like more Victorian Parish Churches in the Parish.  But on closer investigation, it is revealed to be an extraordinary blend of gothic revival architecture and Masonic symbolism.

Described by Pevsner as “Rochdale’s Temple to Freemasonry”, this awe-inspiring church was created for the Local banker and Freemason Albert Hudson Royds.  By Architects James Medland and Henry Taylor in 1870-3

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.

About

We are a collection of people that have found St Edmund’s church and a beautiful and interesting place and therefore have volunteered our time and assistance in trying to preserve it for future generations.

The aim of the volunteers is to maintain this beautiful church’s historical architectural, archaeological and environmental heritage.

Part of our aim is the education of our visitors in understanding the heritage of St Edmund’s has to offer.  Also, by encouraging its uses for suitable community activities and promoting events and raising funds towards the restoration of St Edmunds.

Blog

Hello world!

Welcome to the Friend’s of St Edmund’s Church’s new website . It will change some more over the coming weeks but if i don’t release it now i never will

Contact

Contact friends of St. Edmund’s directly or the Churches Conservation Trust:

Friends of St Edmunds Church

Address: Friends of St Edmunds Church, St Edmunds Church, Edmund Street, Falinge, Rochdale, OL12 6QF

Email: contact@friendsofstedmunds.org.uk

Mobile: 07901 525 651

Churches Conservation Trust

North region Office: St John the Evangelist Church, 23 New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JAEmail: north@thecct.org.uk
Phone: 0113 2441689

Central Office

Office: The Churches Conservation Trust, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RLEmail: central@thecct.org.uk
Phone: 0845 303 2760* or 0207 841 0400 Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm(*Calls from UK landlines will be charged at a local rate. Calls from mobiles may be higher*)
Weblink:https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/