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photoblog image A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 14

A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 14

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.

A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 14

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.

comments (17)

Really like the sombre look you've given this one, Bill. Even though the tower tilts to one side, it still seems to be quite sturdy. Love the rooster weather vane; adds a touch of whimsy.
Bill Phillips: It has been leaning for a very long time Beverly
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Oct 2011, 01:25
I suppose the weather cock is to assist the angels in negotiating a safe landing...they likely get all confused by folks flinging plums all over the place, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Never be without Plums Ray
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2011, 03:56
I was just going to say "it looks like the tower is leaning", but obviously it is actually leaning.
Great photo.
Bill Phillips: It is indeed Debb.
Great shot Bill... but i know that it is in Burnham... but for a minute it thought that it was in Pisa....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Pisa leans more Peter grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Oct 2011, 07:19
Oh dear...I did not know about this!
Bill Phillips: Even Burnham on sea has something interesting!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Oct 2011, 07:23
Oh, what did happen? Anniedog's campanile is leaning, St. Andrew is leaning- we have to be cautious -oh, many things have run into trouble, not only as a result of the economic... you captured well the atmosphere of those dull days, only the cock on the top is glittering golden and spreads out some hope!
Bill Phillips: I think it started to lean very soon after it was built. Still standing though!
I really like this one Bill. The Church is wonderful.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Frances. sadly it was locked so couldn't look inside
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Oct 2011, 10:05
It is just wating to topple onto those people as they walk by. "I'll teach them for never coming to church". Is the lean as pronounced as it appears here Bill, you said a few feet but it looks a few yards.
Bill Phillips: Those people are my daughter and son in law grin Observing the post far right will answer your question i think
Amazing that it leans like that and has never fallen. It certainly looks it's age too.
Bill Phillips: It doesn't lean quite as much as I have allowed it to look Mary but it does lean!
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2011, 11:33
I am amazed how much it is leaning, it must be really solid for the church to still be in use. I have never seen it before. I really like the darkness and the skysmile
Bill Phillips: It is slightly exaggerated Linda.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2011, 11:37
You're be surprised to hear that I did not believe your leaning tower at all. However, I now know that it does lean quite considerable (but then not as much as you would have us believe, you rascal smile )

According to http://somersetphotos.co.uk/somerset_pictures/118,places,11,Leaning-tower-of-St-Andrews-Church,3.html "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. ". Oh, you've said that wink
Bill Phillips: Artistic licence Alan. That and being too lazy to correct it!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2011, 13:56
Puts my leaning tower to shame Bill! Makes you wonder how manages to stay up.
Bill Phillips: to be fair Ingrid it doesn't lean quite this much as the post on the right distance shows all is not quite as it should be. It does lean quite a bit though
That really has quite a lean to it. I can imagine a Judge at the camera club complaining that you didn't sort out the converging verticals smile
Bill Phillips: LOL!! If i cloned out the post far right he would never work it out!
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2011, 14:57
Is it really the Tower that is leaning?
Bill Phillips: Yes but the uncorrected wide angle shot exaggerates it a bit
Standing the test of time all be it a little precariously. Nice shot Bill and I like the English graveyard look. ie grey and dismal
Bill Phillips: The wide angle exaggerates the lean
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Oct 2011, 15:41
I think you have taken this with a VERY WIDE FIELD OF VIEW!
Bill Phillips: Well done Chris. I knew you would spot that
So it is leaning, you are not a taking the pisa?

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