The church is situated on Trafalgar Square and is well known for it's amazing acoustics and it's reputation as the "Church of the Ever Open Door." As an acoustical space, concerts are held regularly and music holds a very important place in worship services, but despite it's reputation as a place of high culture with it's importance on music, the church is also well known for it's programs to help the homeless.
|View of St. Martin in the Fields from Trafalgar Square|
|The sanctuary of the church|
What's easier to miss is the London Brass Rubbing Center in the church's crypt, accessible from an entrance outside of the church. In Victorian England, visitors to churches would often use paper and wax crayon to make a tracing of brass plaques at churches and historic sites all over the UK to keep as souvenirs of their visit. After a while, the frequent "rubbings" proved damaging to the brass, and replicas were created and placed at different centers to allow visitors to continue the tradition without compromising the historic landmarks. Today, the London Brass Rubbing Center keeps that tradition alive.
|Brass rubbing options. Image courtesy of London Town|
The staff lets you pick out which brass you would like, then sets up your paper and gives you a quick tutorial on the best way to proceed. You can easily make a beautiful rubbing with one color of crayon, but braver souls will be able to choose multiple colors. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures while we were doing our own rubbings - apparently I was too excited about the process to document it - but we choose two small pieces (figuring that was as long as Little Man would stay interested) with a single color crayon. We're pretty happy with the results, and I'm in the process of looking for suitable frames.
|Close up of my rubbing.|
|Little Man shows off his rubbing - the Elephant and Castle design.|
Today's post is linked up with Chasing the Donkey and friends for the #SundayTraveler linkup. Check out the other great posts this week!