ST3049 : St Andrew's altar

taken 8 years ago, near to Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, Great Britain

St Andrew's altar
St Andrew's altar
The rererdos is one of the 'Grinling Gibbons' sculptures in the church. There is a rather unusual story attached: originally they were made for the Chapel Royal at the Palace at Whitehall, in the city of Westminster, in 1686. The queen’s Chapel Royal was built for James II and his wife, Mary of Modena, and created by Christopher Wren. The statues were part of an ornate altarpiece about 12m tall, designed by Inigo Jones and carved by Grinling Gibbons, assisted by an Antwerp artist Arnold Quellin the younger. However, the forthright works proved a little too much for the Protestant values of the day and were removed and stored at Hampton Court following James II's reign. By 1706, Wren considered the works to be worth reinstating, which they were for another 116 years. Then once again they were considered out of place for George IV's coronation, and packed away. As it happened they were offered to Walker King, the Bishop of Rochester and also the vicar of St Andrew's. The assembled works adorned the little parish church until a later vicar had them taken out. The angels and cherubs were almost lost but fortunately discovered and returned. Some of the acclaimed carvings are to be found in Sledmere House on Humberside.

See ST3049 : Wings for an angel and ST3049 : One of a pair for the statues and ST3049 : A listed building? for the tower.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 26 April, 2013
Church interior   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 3045 4940 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:14.3713N 2:59.8604W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 3044 4940
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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