The Thanet Gazette has published a picture of a building that appears to carry an antisemitic (nazi symbol) which can be found in Broadstairs.
The Gazette asked:
Spotted in Broadstairs high street, is that a Nazi symbol or does it have an older, different meaning?
The Thanet Star research team has leapt into action and dug deep to find out what is actaully going on.
The chances are, given the age of the building, that this is not the work of nazi sympathisers. It is most likely, we concluded that this is a symbol of an organisation such as a lodge. The symbol called the "swastika" is a symbol of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism and it was likely to have transferred via greek use into such a quasi-religious group like the Freemasons. In fact it is with the greek that the puzzle is finally solved.
In Greek this shape is called the tetragammadion (in latin: crux gammata) or tetraskelion and is four uppercase letter gamma together in a cross. Gamma represents the letter G and is a sacred letter to freemasonry representing God who is seen as the Grand Architect of the Universe.
Dr. Frederick Dalcho wrote in 1801 as follows:
The Letter "G", which ornaments the Mason's Lodge, is not only expressive of the name of the Grand Architect of the Universe, but also denotes the science of Geometry, so necessary to artists. But the adoption of it by Masons implies no more than their respect for those inventions which demonstrate to the world the power, the wisdom and the beneficence of the Almighty Builder in the works of creation.
Given the other geometric shapes on the buildings design and the focus on geometry in freemason designs this is almost definitely the origin of the decoration.
So there we go. If you dig into the history of the building you are almost definitely going to come up with mentions of freemasonry in connection with the designer or commissioner of the the building.