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We work all over the uk. Our headstones are individually designed, made and installed by expert stonemasons.

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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.

Beautiful, personal Headstones, Grave Stones and gravestones in Yorkshire Sandstone.

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.

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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.

Bespoke Designs.

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.

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Welsh Slate – perfect for intricate, detailed carving, this fine grained stone will defy the elements for centuries to come.

Nabrasina Limestone UK Gravestones and bespoke

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.

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Contact Us

We are experts in our craft, and treat each headstone and memorial as a work of art. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Email

mark@artisan-memorials.co.uk

Call

01227 786560

Studio Location

2 Westgate Court Avenue Canterbury CT2 8DW

Open Hours

M-S: 8am – 7pm, Sun, 9am – 6pm

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Headstones Price Guide.

Welsh Slate

  • Approx. 3ft x 2ft x 2inch. Set upon a matching stone base, or directly into the ground as a “monolith”.
  • V-carved front inscription and single pictorial carving.
  • £2,275.
  • 3ft x 2ft x 3inch, price on application due to availability.

Sandstone

  • From Yorkshire or Scotland.
  • Approx. 3ft x 2ft x 3inch, set upon a matching stone base, or directly into the ground as a “monolith”.
  • V-carved front inscription and single pictorial carving.
  • £2,275.

Limestone

  • Nabresina or Portland Limestone.
  • Approx. 3ft x 2ft x 3inch, set upon a matching stone base, or directly into the ground as a “monolith”.
  • V-carved front inscription and single pictorial carving.
  • £2,275.

Honed Granite

  • Approx. 3ft x 2ft x 3inch, set upon a matching stone base, or set straight into the ground as a “monolith”.
  • Deep etched front inscription and single pictorial motif.
  • £1,625.

Plaques

  • Memorial Plaques, Commemorative Plaques, Building Plaques, Garden Memorials, Pet Memorials.
  • From £495.

Additional Elements

  • Additional pictorial carving or motif.
  • Circular lettering to edge.
  • Carved floral decorations.
  • Additional inscription or pictorial carving on rear of stone.
  • Kerb sets.
  • Price on Application.

Repairs and Maintenance

  • Priced per day.
  • Half Day £285, Full Day £485.

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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Address

Artisan Memorials

2 Westgate Court Avenue Canterbury
CT2 8DW

Call Us

01227 786560 (Studio)
07939 237080 (Mark)

Email Us

mark@artisan-memorials.co.uk

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