Church Hall

St. Andrew's

Church Hall

A hall for the community

Available to hire

The St. Andrew's Church Hall on Manor Road is available to hire for local groups, events and parties. Regular users of the hall include the local Brownies, a weekly table top sale and a short mat bowls club as well as many others.

Whether you are looking for a one off event or a more regular hire we'd love to discuss your requirements.

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The Church Hall car park is available to all users of the church and hall during hire.

The use of tables and chairs is included in your hire, the large open-plan space is free of any pillars and can be set up in many different ways for your group or event.

The onsite kitchen is suitable for the preparation of meals, party food or just light refreshments.

There are no steps to access the building and disabled toilet facilities are available within the hall.


St. Andrew's Church Hall, 12 Manor Road, Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset. TA8 2AS

For more infomation, or to hire the hall, please get in touch.

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of St. Andrew's Church, Burnham-on-Sea


Between 1174 and 1192

Martin Pateshelle

Between 1192 and 1205


Between 1248 and 1264

Walter de Vyenne

Between 1248 and 1264

Richard de Bamfield

Between 1244 and 1292


By 1279

Thomas (or Richard) de Staunford (or Stanford)

In 1279 or 1280

Thomas Stede (alias Thomas de Axebrigg)

By 1306

Sir Henry de Corston



Sir John de Burford


William le Riche


John Jene


Thomas Frome Canon of Wells


Gilbert Capland (formerly Rector of Sarum)


John Haydon


Richard Swan


John Pedewel


Richard Hayne


John Hylle (Canon Res. of Wells)


Richard Pomeroy


Robert Tunby L.L.B.


Walter Hooper A.B.


Jacob Bayley


Christopher Webster


John Nosehar


John Wyet.

Christopher Helm


George Carrante A.M.


Paul Godwin A.B.


William Taylour


Robert Collier A.M.


John Bower A.M.


Robert Creighton A.M.


William Harris A.B.


Christopher Tachell


Richard Olive


Richard Jenkins


John Golden


Walter King D.D. Bishop of Rochester


Charles Henry Pulsford Canon Res. of Wells


Frederick Fleming Beadon A.M.


Theophilius Williams


Theodore Crane Dupuis M.A. Prebendary of Wells


Roger Hayes Robinson M.A. Prebendary of Wells


Geoffrey Procher M.A. B.D. Prebendary of Wells


Hereward Eyre Wake M.A. Prebendary of Wells


Hugh Parnell M.A. Prebendary of Wells


Raymond Dean B.A. Prebendary of Wells


Robert Pitt


Graham Witts M.A.

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The Angels

The Angels

From the Palace of Whitehall
to the church of Burnham-on-Sea
via Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

In 1698 Sir Christopher Wren was was appointed Surveyor of Westminster Abbey. In 1706 he suggested that the altar piece “might be placed with advantage” in the choir of the Abbey. With the agreement of Queen Anne the altar piece was reassembled in front of the medieval altar at Westminster Abbey.

The altar piece remained in place at Westminster Abbey until the Dean and Chapter removed them during 1820 in preparation for the approaching coronation of George IV in 1821 as they were thought to be out of place.

It was at this time the scupltures were offererd to Walker King who was at the time both the Bishop of Rochester and the vicar here at St. Andrew's Burnham-on-Sea.

The Palace of Whitehall

During his reign from 1633 to 1701 James II commissioned various changes to the Palace of Whitehall by Sir Christopher Wren. Among these changes was the building of a chapel which was finished in 1687. In pride of place in the chapel was an ornate altarpiece which stood some 12m tall, designed by Inigo Jones and carved by Grinling Gibbons and his assistant Arnold Quellin the younger, an Antwerp artist.

The commission which is understood to have cost the sum of £1875.1s 8d was thought by many to be too Catholic and affront to Protestant sensibilities. After James II left the throne the incoming William of Orange ordered the chapel and alterpiece be dismantled. The altarpiece was not however destroyed, being placed instead at Hampton Court where it was kept in storage.

Original Installation

When the altar piece first arrived in Burnham and up until the late 1830s the alar piece was installed behind the high altar, blocking the East window. The altar piece was later broken up, and when is displayed today is only the ramains of the grand altar piece.
Image taken from Survey of London: Volume 13, Part II

The Angels today


The two large Angels have moved around the church a number of times over the years, the most recent being in 2010 where several pews were removed to create a more versitile space and allowing the angels to be displayed within the chancel.

The Cherubs

The cherubs in their current form were designed to appear to be bringing the decending from heaven with the Holy Bible. Originally the uppermost part of the altarpiece when it was installed in Westminster Abbey it appears the cherubs are not in their original form. It is thought that this part of the altarpiece was altered by Sir Christopher Wren when he installed the alterpiece in `Westminster Abbey.

The cherubs were found in an attic and have been restored and installed in the North gallery by the Wynn family along with a plaque in memory of William John and Louisa Wynn and their daughters who worshipped here 1900-1975.

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