The history of St Andrew’s dates back to the thirteenth century when it was associated with Baynard’s Castle, a royal residence that has long since disappeared. When King Edward III moved his state robes and other effects from the Tower of London to a large building close by, St Andrew’s became better known for its connection with the Great Wardrobe. The name stayed to specify its location although the King’s store room is now only remembered in Wardrobe Place.
The Girls’ Choir of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Mercers and the residents of Morden College, Blackheath, offers girls in London an opportunity to sing liturgical music of the highest quality and finest tradition. Ben Saul, Choir Director, is a teaching professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and a freelance accompanist and choral director. He has a strong history of establishing youth choirs.
The Girls’ Choir regularly rehearses at the church during term-time, and sang alongside the English Chamber Choir at the 50th Anniversary Service of the Re-hallowing of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe on Thursday 14 July 2011, and also sang at our recent Patronal Festival and Christmas Carol Service.
The church building and the Chapel of St Ann are normally open for visitors Monday to Friday 8.15 am-4.00 pm.
The nave is open on Fridays 11.00 am-3.00 pm, when Friends of City churches churchwatchers are on hand to answer your questions about the history of the church. The nave can be opened at other times upon request to the Administrator. The west gallery with the memorial to William Shakespeare can be opened upon request to the Administrator.
The Blessed Sacrament, a votive candle stand and a board for prayer requests are in the chapel.
For more information please contact The Revd Guy Treweek:
(020) 7248 7546
Becky Wallower, Administrator
(020) 7329 3632