Last time I was in Rochdale Bracken took me to have a look at this church …do you notice anything unusual about it?
Take a closer look…
There is a pentagram over the door! Cool!
Apparently there used to be an illuminated one on top of the tower too, but it was taken down. I did a bit of googling about it and came up with this brilliant site by Philip Coppens which explains all about St Edmund’s and how important it is architecturally. In brief it is a church built at a huge cost by Freemasons, for Freemasons. It’s proportions are based on the Temple of Solomon and it is covered inside and out with Masonic symbols.
In Freemasonry the pentagram is an symbol of wisdom which they probably derived from the Pythagoreans, who used it to represent health and knowledge.