This very beautiful eighteenth century brass door knobs is of a size that can be firmly gripped by a hand. There is one on each of the external doors of this church. Some are replicas replacing ones that were damaged, as when a bomb fell nearby during the Second World War and blew the front door in.
The image has worn flat from polishing. It is of the best known story about St Martin in which the Roman soldier shared his cloak with a beggar. That night the beggar returned to him in a dream as Christ. "For as much as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me." This is the story out of which this church lives in welcoming the stranger and caring for those who are homeless.
Like all the best stories you can read it more than one way. It is a memorable act of charity, a great saint caring for the poor and outcast, yet the greater blessing is from the beggar as Christ to the generous giver. St Martin's is sometimes described as 'church of the ever open door' and here at the door is a reminder of the essence of Christian ministry.