There are a large number of brass memorial plaques in the church, often placed on the columns near the pews that had been reserved for that particular family when the church was an active parish.
Some families who were long-term parishioners have been memorialised in brass numerous times – such as the Barraud family with six memorials ranging from the 1890s to the 1930s, as shown below.
One brass is dedicated to three members of the Greenwood family (see this post).
The Shirtcliffe family, long-term and notable parishioners, have a number of memorial brasses and a stained glass window all in the same area on the south wall. A brass for Zella (Judy) Hunter, who was engaged to George Shirtcliffe but died in 1928 at the age 22, before they could be married, is placed alongside others of the family.
Fourteen men who died in World War One were given memorial brasses at Old St Paul’s; but none for World War Two. A selection of the World War one stories connected to those who have brasses in the church have been added to this site – including one about Richard John Seddon’s son, and his mother’s battle to bring his body home. Another is about John Allman Marchant man who falsified his name and birth date in order to be able to go to war, and after his death his family were left with their own battle to have his bravery recognised. We have also written about the Balcombe-Brown brothers, who both died during the war.
There are also brasses for a number of the people who helped to save Old St Paul’s when it was threatened with demolition in the 1950s and 1960s, including historian John Beaglehole, Margaret Campbell and Sir Alistair McIntosh.
Another interesting plaque is to four men of the Wellington Submarine Mining Volunteers who died from 1903-1905. The Submarine Mining Volunteers, effectively what we would know as naval reservists, were formed after the Russian Scare in the 1880s, and laid mines in Wellington Harbour.
Another brass in the church is the brass which commemorates the consecration of the church in 1866.
These are just a selection of the brasses in the church – we’re adding more all the time.
Main Image: Peter Shepherd, c2014. Photo ref: P1030627 OSP Interior woodwork south-east. PS © https://www.flickr.com/photos/peteshep/sets/72157604449659322/