St. Andrew's Church is open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 12 pm for anyone wishing to take a look at the building. However, visits must be pre-booked so please contact our Parish Office on 0191 5160135 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that someone is available to show you around.
Please note we are not open on Bank Holidays.
There is on street parking available and there are toilets and disabled access on site and there is also a Hearing (induction) Loop.
Assistant Dogs are welcome.
Temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID 19.
St. Andrew's Church is based in Roker, Sunderland. Our address is:
St. Andrew's Church
Parish Office Tel: 0191 5160135
Facebook page: Parish of Monkwearmouth: St Andrew's, St Peter's & All Saints
and also Facebook page:
St. Andrew's Church, Sunderland
Want to know what we've got going on at St. Andrew's at the moment? It's all on our 'A Church Near You' page.
There's loads going on at St. Andrew's for the young (and young at heart). We have a wide range of ways for children and young people to have fun, make friends and worship Jesus in our Parish.
Find out more about the history of St. Andrew's Church and check out our photo gallery below.
You don't have to know any secret magic words if you want to pray - in fact, words can often get in the way. Click here for our useful guide.
St. Andrew's viewed from Talbot Road
The prosperity of Sunderland at the turn of the 20th century, the growth of the shipbuilding industry and the improvement of the docks led to considerable urban development and the establishment of new suburbs. One of these was Roker, centred on the public park another was the village of Fulwell, an older but expanding area served by a mission church - now long demolished, all of which led to the proposal to build a new church.
In 1903 the Roker and Fulwell New Church Committee was established to raise money for a new church. A public appeal was launched and the Diocese approached about dividing the existing parish of Monkwearmouth.
The appeal for funds was only partly successful and in 1904, Mr John Priestman, a wealthy local shipyard owner and businessman, offered to become the church's patron and principal benefactor. His family had at that time been considering making a memorial to their mother, Jane Priestman, and he promised £6000, with certain conditions, for the erection of the new church. Priestman, a man of radical taste and strong individualism, was likely introduced to the architect and academic, Edward Prior, by Dr Handley Moule, Bishop of Durham. Priestman and Prior met, made some agreements about the church's design, and by the end of 1905 final drawings had been completed, plans approved and a site for the church provided. Diocesan agreement about the division of the existing parish granted in 1906, the foundations of the new church were laid and the completed building was dedicated in June 1907.
A Lychgate was added to the south east corner of the site as a War Memorial in 1920 and in 1927/28 a large Parish Hall was added to the west end of the church (Priestman Hall). In 1927 alterations were made to the interior when the mural, painted by Macdonald Gill, based on Prior's original drawings, was finally added to the Sanctuary. A peal of bells was added in 1948 after the second World War, as a memorial to those killed in that conflict.
Over the years generous gifts have been incorporated into the building to enhance its beauty and function, including in recent years both craftsman-designed wooden aumbry and also an artist/blacksmith-made ironwork votive candle stand. "The Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement" continues as a community church which is part of a living tradition of art and creativity.
You can find more information and pictures on the greatenglishchurches.co.uk website (listed under Durham area) - though please be aware we cannot be responsible for the content of external sites!
See below for our update on our Heritage status.
Recently Historic England removed St. Andrew's Church from the "Heritage at Risk" register
as a result of all the conservaton work done in the last 7 years. The launch event was featured with
a live broadcast from the church on ITV N.E. news. This was to highlight their work in the north east as well
as other buildings and churches also now on the register as being at risk..
Above is Revd. Dick Bradshaw with church members involved in the conservation project.
From left to right: Ron Marsden (Treasurer), John Barnes (Architect), Revd. Dick Bradshaw (Rector), John Ferguson (Church Warden), John Pattinson (Lay Vice Chair D.C.C.)
View from the High Altar and the choir stalls.
Beautiful ceiling painting above the High Altar at St. Andrew's with the stained glass windows just visible .
Further view of the ceiling painting.
Photos supplied by John Pattinson.
Why not pop along and take a look at St. Andrew's and see for yourself the work that has been done. We are open Monday - Friday 9 am - 12 pm but please contact us first in case there are services taking place. Our contact number is 0191 5160135.