We work all over the uk. Our headstones are individually designed, made and installed by expert stonemasons.
Beautiful, Unique HeadStones
Artisan memorials – monumental Masons
Headstones, Gravestones and Memorial Plaques.
At Artisan Memorials, we understand the importance of honouring your loved one appropriately after they have passed. Our headstones and memorial plaques are therefore handcrafted from the finest choice of stone and feature V-carved lettering for a premium, authentic memorial that will serve as a beautiful reminder of your loved one for years to come.
Yorkshire Sandstone – a beautiful honey coloured stone from Yorkshire with excellent weathering properties.
Headstones – Words Matter
The words you choose to mark your loved one’s passing with are of great importance, something that is attested to by the amount of thought that goes into choosing them. It is therefore fitting to choose the most authentic method to engrave them with. V-carving produces intricate, highly detailed results and can be used to create both complex and simple designs to the best effect.
Why choose a stonemason for memorials?
A skilled stonemason with an artist’s eye is able to judge letters and spacing in a way that a computer simply can’t. We believe that the uniqueness of a person’s life should be captured in the uniqueness of their memorial, something that is more achievable through skilful letter design and traditional stonemasonry techniques.
Headstones of the highest quality.
Sandblasting is a common method for memorial lettering that has become the norm due to its affordability. However, to achieve a high-end finish, V-carving is always recommended for the engraving of headstones and memorial plaques. Because of the techniques we use and the knowledge we have of our art, we are able to create bespoke, premium products at a highly competitive price.
By putting good design and expert craftsmanship at the heart of everything we do, we are able to create beautiful, personal memorials to suit the individual needs of our clients. By listening to your description of the deceased and your wishes for how you would like them to be remembered, we can advise you on the perfect design to suit your needs.
Nabresina Limestone – a favourite in the industry, it carves crisply and is perfect for the UK climate.
Knowledge and Expertise.
We are a family run business. As talented stonemasons, we are knowledgeable about the different types of stone, their individual properties and where to source the highest quality raw materials from. We are experts at working with a wide range of stones sourced from within the UK and Europe, including Welsh Slate, Yorkshire Sandstone, Dorset Limestone. We also work with Granite and Marble.
The best headstones and suppliers.
Stonemasonry is our craft and therefore we are discerning when it comes to the choice of stone that we use, always opting for stones sourced from the UK and Europe, over those sourced from further afield. We are fully acquainted with our suppliers and prefer to work only with materials that we are fully knowledgeable about. We always endeavour to use the highest quality raw materials possible in our work.
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.
Jonathan - Putney
A truly talented stone mason; Mark translated our ideas into detailed plans for us to approve. He then sourced a particular sandstone used in flour mill stones (our father was a flour miller) and the resulting, deeply engraved headstone not only looks beautiful, it will age gracefully and stay legible for generations. All of this artisan skill at a very reasonable cost and by the most affable of craftsmen. Dr Jonathan Botting
Alun - Canterbury
Perfect memorial made for my family and I. Mark's sympathetic approach makes getting the bespoke headstone you want a easier experience in times of grief. The professional and understanding attitude to his craft is beyond reproach. Delivered in the time frame set out with minimum fuss. The finnished stone is a work of art.
Daniel - Hertfordshire
We were introduced to Mark and Dave at Artisan Memorials by a close friend and from the very first meeting we knew it was a great recommendation. They are totally committed and very professional and after listening to our story came up with a design that was just right. They really are true craftsmen, the detailed carving was amazing and with their help we choose a sandstone which we would not otherwise of gone for, and I am so glad we did. They were so helpful and understanding, guiding us through the process with sensitivity and taking away all the worry about paperwork, fitting etc. I definitely recommend this company.
Art - Kent
Very impressed with the grave stone created for my family by Artisan Memorials. Mark is a real craftsman and a brilliant stone mason. Highly recommended.
Eley - Milton Keynes
Fantastic service and the headstone is beautiful, it really stands out. We are so pleased, thank you.
Affordable Headstones of the Highest Quality
Many things go in and out of fashion, but headstones have long been the traditional manner in which to memorialise our love ones.
These days headstones come in all shapes and sizes and are decorated in a variety of religious symbols, or other decorative designs, but the purpose has remained the same.
The first headstones (or grave markers as they were more commonly known), are believed to date back as far as 3,000 B.C. to the Roman and Celtic cultures. The markers were megalithic monuments and unlike today were used to mark an entire burial chamber rather than a single grave.
In earlier times cemeteries did not exist and people instead had burial plots near their homes where all their family members would be buried together. It has never been established which was the first confirmed headstone.
The beginning of inscriptions on headstones: In the 19th century the importance of gravestones to honour the dead increased and this is where inscriptions began to become more widespread. Headstones now started to include a few words about the deceased by loved ones or friends. Information included details about date of birth, date of death and the name of the deceased.
During the Victorian era (1837-1901) more elaborate monuments and headstones began to appear and popular materials included marble, wood, iron and granite. It was also during this era that poorer people began to commemorate the dead with memorials and thus ended an era where only the upper class could afford to commemorate the deceased.
At Artisan Memorials we are proud to be part of this tradition: Providing quality, affordable headstones that will last for centuries. Contact Us today to discuss how you would like to remember your departed loved one.
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