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Brass Rubbing

Person doing a brass rubbing of a dragon at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Try brass rubbing at St Martin-in-the-Fields for creative family fun with an historical twist! Brass rubbing in London and throughout the UK was a fashionable Victorian pastime that continues to be popular today.

Visitors to churches wanted to take home a memento of their experience. Brass rubbing was their inspired solution.

With some paper and a waxy crayon, visitors could trace over the brass monuments that were marking burial places and decorating the church. Eventually this ‘rubbing of brasses’ caused damage but the desire to mark a visit in a creative way was more popular than ever. The dilemma was solved by creating sets of replica brasses to carry on the tradition without causing any damage to the fabric of the original monuments or stonework.

Brass rubbing at St Martin’s is fun for all ages. Our collection of over 100 replica brasses from churches and cathedrals across the UK  includes medieval knights in armour, fire-breathing dragons and the bejeweled ladies in waiting of rescue. Or be inspired by people like St George and William Shakespeare.

Once you have made your selection our team is on hand to provide specialist paper, a choice of metallic waxes and to show you how it is done. Then it is up to you to get creative.

Prices for brass rubbing start at £4.50

Opening Hours

Monday –Wednesday 10.00am-6.00pm
Thursday – Saturday 10.00am – 7.45pm
Sunday 11.30- 5.00pm

While you or the children are creating your masterpieces why not join us for a meal or glass of wine in the Café in the Crypt or discover the latest gifts on offer in the Shop. All profits support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.


Group bookings for brass rubbing start at £4.50 and can be made by emailing