Thursday, April 03, 2008

Royd's Brass Memorial

Royd's Brass Memorial, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

To compare and view a complete set with additional images click here

Designed by the Gilbert (who was the first incumbent), this rather expressive brass memorial reflects the confidence of the Victorian age with it's mastery of the art of brass work and the sheer exuberance and eclectic nature of the fonts used. Once again it is full of Masonic symbolism.

"Almost every fitting and feature has
reference to the Lore of masonry." Says Pevsner.

The listing also states - Internally
and externally such reference extends not only to the front,
lectern and communion rail but to roof trusses, stained
glass and more abstract qualities such as proportions which
are said to relate to those of Solomon's temple

Check out the full set (which is being added to regularly)

Saint Edmund's", Falinge near Rochdale - is a real tour-de-force. Built in the 1870's for £28, 000 (when a good church cost £4000). It is a Masonic Church and Pevsner says that it has symbolism to rival the Da Vinci Code Rosslyn Chapel. I am photographing the interior because it is due to close soon.

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