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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about any of our methods, materials or services, then please don’t  hesitate to get in touch, however we have tried to answer some of the most commonly  posed questions below. 

How long does an inscription last?

A number of factors contribute to the longevity of an inscription. These include the type of stone, location of the stone, and the depth to which the letters at cut into the stone. When designing your memorial, we will take these factors into account, recommending a stone type according to location and aesthetic preference, and using bolder, or deeper cut letter styles where necessary.

How much does a headstone cost?

Our bespoke stone memorial plaques start from £1,000. Headstones and gravestones start from £3,000. Kerb set arrangements start from £4,500. This includes VAT, design proposals and installation.

Do I need permission to install a headstone?

Permission to install a headstone is always required and we obtain this on your behalf. The process takes about 4 weeks and requires a signature from the grave owner.

A small fee is normally payable by you to the churchyard or cemetery for installation. This is not normally more than £150.

What is the best stone for a  headstone?

All our stones are suitable for the UK climate. We normally recommend using Celtic Limestone, Welsh Slate, Nabresina or Yorkshire Sandstone, as all are hardy, carve well and offer a range of shades.

How do I write an epitaph?

An epitaph is a chance to say something lasting about the person being remembered. It necessarily should be short and concise and in our experience the best ones are both uplifting and comforting to those visiting the grave, without being overly sentimental. Often inspiration is taken from literature or biblical texts. If you need help we have compiled a library of quotes and inscriptions to guide you.

How long should we leave before installing a headstone?

Installing a headstone is normally permitted after a period of 6 months from the time of burial. Even so, it is common to see memorials that have tilted, and this is because the burial ground had not fully settled at the time of fixing. For this reason, we recommend waiting longer. Often clients like to commemorate the first anniversary of passing with the positioning of the memorial, giving more time for the ground to settle.

When is payment due?

Once we reach an agreement on a design proposal we require a payment of 50%.  At this point we order your stone and get to work on your memorial. Final payment is made following installation. It should be noted that a small installation fee is normally payable by you to the churchyard or cemetery.

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