Great St Mary's has a number of
historic monumental brasses. A monumental brass is an engraved sheet of
brass (or an alloy called 'latten'). It usually has a picture of
the person commemorated. If it is a 'man of high estate' he may be
shown in his suit of armour.
Brass rubbing involves placing a sheet of paper over the brass and rubbing the paper with a wax crayon until an impression appears.
The result is a full life size replica of the brass - it faithfully reproduces all the engraving and all the marks and scratches left over a five hundred year period. And most of all it says "I was there - I touched this ancient object - I rubbed this brass myself".
We thought that if we could make the pleasure of brass rubbing available on a worldwide scale over the internet it might encourage you to visit us. Perhaps you might even make a small donation.
The small picture below shows the Joslyne brass of 1470. You will be able to rub the figures of Jeffrey and his wife Katherine from this brass.