Create a truly personal memorial to your departed loved one.
Artisan Memorials – Fine quality Monument maker
Beautiful Yorkshire Sandstone Memorials Headstones and Gravestones.
Quality Sandstone Memorials
We believe that a truly lasting memorial starts with using the right stone. Yorkshire Sandstone is exactly that. This warm honey coloured stone has excellent weathering properties and is perfect for our deeply carved letters. That means a higher quality finish and a superior feeling product.
Our Services – Sandstone Memorials
Artisan Memorials is proud to offer a premium service, supplying beautiful sandstone 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.
We Have Over 30 Years of Experience in the 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.
Artisan Memorials – Monumental Masons
True Artisan Quality Sandstone Memorials
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
UK Wide Service
We are experts in our craft, and treat each headstone and memorial as a work of art. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.
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.
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