Burnham-On-Sea's parish church of Saint Andrew stands on the seafront and has always been a focal point of the town.
Dating back to 1316, the church contains component parts of an altar piece designed by Inigo Jones and carved by Grinling Gibbons, wich was commissioned by James The Second for the Chapel of Whitehall Palace.
The original piece comprised a tableau of cherubs, flanked by two angels mounted on pedestals. The altar piece was later moved to Westminster Abbey, where it was placed behind the High Alter.
It remained there until 1820 when the Bishop of Rochester, who was also the vicar of Burnham, acquired it and used fragments to decorate the Chancel of Saint Andrews. The sculptures are now dispersed over various parts of the interior of the building, including the nave windows and behind the altar.
The leaning church tower
The leaning tower of the church arouses much comment and it is said that if a plumb line were dropped from the top of the tower on the north side it would land some feet away from the base.