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Headstones London

Headstones London: All of our headstones and gravestones are completely bespoke and we prefer to use locally sourced stone, rather than the highly polished factory made templates that are imported from across the globe. This means that our memorials sit more comfortably in the traditional setting of a British churchyard or cemetery.

London Headstones: Headstones with deeply V-cut lettering.

London Headstones: One of the advantages of using a more traditional stone is that inscriptions can be deeply cut to a V shape, rather than sand-blasted. Whist sand-blasting is a very fast and inexpensive technique for lettering in stone, it does result in a shallow and rather flat engraving that relies on paint to be seen. This means that in a relatively short period of time a sand-blasted headstone can become difficult to read, as the paint inevitably deteriorates. Deeply V cut lettering however, does not need paint to be seen because of the way that the V shape casts a shadow from the available sunlight and so the headstone remains legible.

Beautifully designed headstones.

We have a love of calligraphy and all of our work is designed by Calligrapher and Lettering Artist Mark Brooks. Mark’s early obsession with calligraphy lead him to complete a five year apprenticeship at the Richard Kindersley Studio where he perfected the art of stone letter carving. Since then Mark has built a team dedicated to creating bespoke headstones and memorials, putting good design and beautiful lettering at the forefront. This means that we take the design of your memorial seriously and are equipped to make memorials that most Monumental Stonemasons simply cannot.

Headstones London: Made from locally sourced UK stone.

All of our stones are responsibly sourced from the UK or Europe and are suitable for the UK climate. When selecting a stone, it is important to consider the location of the grave, how you would like the stone to respond to the conditions over time, as well as the colour and type of carving you would like. We normally recommend using Celtic Limestone, Welsh or Cumbrian Slate, Nabresina Limestone or Yorkshire Sandstone, as all are hardy, carve well and offer a range of shades.

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Portland Limestone

Yorkshire Sandstone


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Celtic Limestone Memorial

Celtic Limestone

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Welsh Slate

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Cumbrian Slate

Working with you to create a bespoke memorial.

Creating a truly bespoke memorial can be simple and straight forward. We prefer to use real examples of our work as a reference for future designs and do not have a catalogue of factory made templates. We can offer guidance regarding the type of stone, format of the inscription and shape, and will study the rules of the cemetery or church to make sure your design complies with the regulations. Once we know the words you would like we make a series of drawings to show you what is possible, eventually arriving at a design that we can submit to the aurthorising body for approval.

How much does a headstone in London cost?

We believe that memorials should last a lifetime, but we also understand the difficulty of reconciling true quality with a reasonable budget. Our mission is to bridge that gap, offering premium products and superior workmanship at affordable prices.

Our bespoke headstones and gravestones start from £3,000 including VAT, design proposals and installation. Prices do vary based on the type of stone, size of the memorial and amount of carving, and often there is an additional fee to pay to the church or cemetery for permission to erect a memorial. Generally limestone and sandstone memorials are less expensive than those made from slate, as the raw material is more available.

We offer a complete  service, from memorial design to installation. Call: 01442 956 959

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Headstones London: Where did the practice of having a headstone for someone start?

The practice of using headstones or markers to commemorate and identify burial sites has a long history that spans various cultures and civilizations. The concept of marking graves goes back thousands of years and has evolved over time. While it’s difficult to pinpoint a single origin for this practice, here are some key points in its historical development:

Ancient Civilisations: Many ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, had practices of marking burial sites with monuments, gravestones, or markers. These markers often contained inscriptions or symbols that provided information about the deceased or their social status.

Medieval Europe: In medieval Europe, grave markers began to take the form of carved stone slabs or crosses. These often had religious or symbolic imagery and were placed above the graves.

Victorian Era: The Victorian era (19th century) saw a significant shift in memorial practices. During this time, headstones became more elaborate, with detailed carvings, inscriptions, and various artistic elements. This was also a period of increased sentimentalism, which influenced the design of grave markers.

Modern Times: In modern times, the design and materials used for headstones have continued to evolve. The practice of using headstones has become widespread and is an integral part of burial customs in many cultures around the world. And that’s where we can assist. As stone masons in London, we manufactureand install bespoke Headstones in London

It’s important to note that while headstones and markers are common in many cultures, the specific practices, materials, and designs can vary widely based on religious beliefs, cultural traditions, and local customs. The practice of marking graves serves both practical and symbolic purposes, providing a way to remember and honor the deceased while also helping to locate burial sites for future generations.

London Headstones: How do most Londoners mark the graves of their loved ones in the 21st century?

In the current century, grave marking practices in London, as in many parts of the world, encompass a range of options that reflect cultural diversity, personal preferences, and evolving memorial traditions. Here are some common ways that graves are marked in London in the 21st century:

Headstones and Grave Markers: Traditional headstones made of materials like stone, marble, granite, or bronze are still widely used in London. These markers often include inscriptions with the deceased’s name, birth and death dates, and sometimes include personalized messages, quotes, or symbols that hold significance to the family.

Flat Grave Markers: Flat markers, also known as grave plaques or tablets, are often placed flush with the ground. These can be made from materials like granite or bronze and provide a subtler memorial that doesn’t alter the landscape of the cemetery as much as upright headstones.

Cremation Memorials: With the increasing popularity of cremation, cremation memorials have become more common. These can include columbarium niches (wall compartments to hold urns), memorial benches, or other structures that house cremated remains.

Natural Burial Sites: Natural burial sites have gained popularity in recent years. These areas emphasize ecological sustainability and often feature simple, eco-friendly markers or no markers at all. Instead, native plants and trees serve as markers.

Digital Memorials: In the digital age, online memorial platforms allow people to create virtual memorials that can be accessed from anywhere. These platforms include photos, videos, stories, and messages to remember and honor the deceased.

Tree Planting: Some individuals choose to plant trees or gardens in memory of their loved ones. These living memorials contribute to the environment while also serving as a place of remembrance.

Bench Memorials: Memorial benches are placed in public spaces or gardens and can be dedicated to a specific person. They offer a space for reflection and contemplation for passersby.

Bespoke Memorials: With advances in technology, bespoke memorials can be created using various materials, including glass, metal, or even 3D printing. These personalised memorials can incorporate unique designs, photographs, or other elements. We of course create our bespoke London headstones from stone.

It’s important to note that the diversity of London’s population means that practices can vary widely based on cultural and religious traditions. Some communities may adhere to specific burial customs that involve unique markers or practices. Overall, the 21st-century approach to grave marking reflects a blend of tradition, innovation, and personalisation.

So get in touch and let us help you create a beautiful and unique memorial for your loved one.


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