For our UK-Wide service call us on 01227 932239

We work all over the UK, offering the complete service, from design to installation.

ARtisan Memorials

Create a truly personal memorial to your departed loved one.

Artisan Memorials – Fine quality Memorial makers

Beautiful Memorials, Headstones and Commemorative Plaques.

Good Design

By putting good design at the heart of everything we do, we are able to create beautiful, personal memorials to suit the individual needs of our clients. We listen to your wishes and can advise you on the perfect design to suit your needs.

Expert Craftsmanship

With over 30 years experience as a professional letter carver, calligrapher and memorial maker our expert stonemason, Mark Brooks brings true expertise and craftsmanship to our premium and authentic memorials.

Finest Quality Stone

We believe that a truly lasting memorial starts with using the right stone. We prefer to use stone that comes from either the UK or Europe in the memorials we offer our customers. That means a higher quality finish and a superior feeling product.

Welsh Slate

Perfect for intricate detailed carving, this fine grained stone will defy the elements for centuries to come.

Yorkshire Sandstone

A beautiful honey coloured stone from Yorkshire with excellent weathering properties.

Nabresina Limestone

A favourite in the memorials industry, it carves crisply and is perfect for the UK climate.

Portland Limestone

A hardy white sandstone used for buildings and memorials for centuries.

Artisan Memorials – Our Services

Artisan Memorials is proud to offer a premium service, supplying headstones, gravestones and memorial plaques with a masterful finish at affordable prices.
Memorials should last a lifetime, but many find the cost of true quality to be excessive – at Artisan Memorials, we bridge that gap by providing superior quality workmanship at more accessible prices.

  • Consultation and Advice
  • Design Proposals
  • Applications for Permits
  • V-carved Inscriptions
  • Installation and Fixing

Watch Our Process: Stop Motion film of a memorial headstone being hand drawn then carved into welsh slate.

Mark did an amazing job with my mother’s gravestone; we wanted a beautiful gravestone for her and I can’t recommend Mark highly enough. He is a true artist with a great eye for typography and design. Having seen suggestions from two other companies before approaching Mark, Mark’s design was pretty much perfect straight away and the end result of how the carved letters and a carved scallop shell look on the slate stone is truly beautiful. Mark is very easy to work with, and he also went above and beyond, helping us with the paperwork and liaising with the cemetery over the installation – he is also a perfectionist and installed the stone beautifully. Moreover, he is also a really great guy to work with and that really helps when commissioning a gravestone for a loved one. Thank you Mark for our beautiful memorial stone.

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We Have Over 30 Years of Experience in the Memorials Industry

We have extensive experience in customising our designs to the specific needs of our customers, making our service truly bespoke – we can provide gravestones, headstones, and memorial plaques tailored directly to you.
We use the lessons learned from many years of working with stone to provide a fantastic finished product that befits your nearest and dearest. You can have as much or as little to do with the project as you like – however you want to work is how we’ll make it happen.

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True Artisan Quality Memorials

When you work with us, you will be partnering with a highly experienced stonemason who can help you tailor a memorial directly to your preferences. By using the services of a true stonemason, you will be getting a memorial that has had its lettering and designs painstakingly designed and carved for the best possible finish.
We continue to use the time-tested techniques we have learned over generations of working with high-quality stone. Our approach also means we’re able to offer our customers a much higher degree of customisation and can accommodate a wide variety of designs, letter forms and layouts.

Unique and Personal Memorials

Simple Commissioning Process

Competitive Prices

UK Wide Service

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James - Canterbury

Excellent service and quality of workmanship. Mark’s attention to detail was fantastic and he handled the whole process with a kindness and humour mum would have loved. Highly recommended.

Lawrence - Hertfordshire

We looked for ages but all we could find were mass produced headstones with basic lettering. We wanted something more individual and in keeping with mother’s memory. It was such a relief to find Mark. Our headstone is beautiful. Very highly recommended.

Edward - St.Albans

We had Mum’s headstone made using nabresina by Artisan Memorials and it is a truly wonderful work of art. Mark is an absolutely masterful craftsman. We have since had our house name carved into Welsh slate as we were so pleased. We cannot praise Mark enough and wouldn’t hesitate recommending him to anyone wanting beautifully engraved stone and who appreciates friendly and professional service.
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Email

info@artisan-memorials.co.uk

Call

01227 932239

Studio Location

2 Westgate Court Avenue Canterbury CT2 8DW

Opening Hours

M-S: 8am - 7pm, Sun, 9am - 6pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 can takes  up to 4 weeks and requires a signature from the grave owner.

Normally a fee is charged by the churchyard or cemetery for permission to install a memorial.

How much does a memorial cost?

Our hand crafted stone memorial plaques start from £795. Headstones and gravestones start from £2,475. Kerb set arrangements start from £3,500.

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.

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.

what is the best stone for a memorial?

All our stones are suitable for the UK climate, but some weather better than others and some carve better. When selecting a stone, consideration should be given to the location, as damp shaded locations tend to age a stone quicker. We normally recommend using Welsh Slate, Nabresina Limestone or Yorkshire Sandstone, as all are hardy, carve well and offer a range of shades.

How long should we leave before adding 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.

Artisan Memorials

Address

Artisan Memorials

2 Westgate Court Avenue Canterbury
CT2 8DW

Call Us

01227 932239

Email Us

info@artisan-memorials.co.uk

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