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Frequently Asked Questions

Artisan Memorials – Fine Quality Memorial Makers

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What type of stone should I choose?

To ensure that your memorial stands the test of time, we only use the finest British and European stone. Some of our most popular stones are Welsh slate, Portland limestone, Nabresina limestone, Purbeck limestone and Yorkshire sandstone. All of these stones are capable of handling the British climate long term.


What lettering should I choose?

Beautiful lettering is at the heart of what makes your memorial unique, which is why we take this element of memorial design extremely seriously. We have years of experience matching lettering styles to stone materials and can offer expert advice on what will work best for your design. From classic Roman capitals to bold flourished italics, we will find something to suit your memorial.

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What stone shapes do you offer?

Our memorials are hand-crafted, so their shapes can be customised to your requirements.

We offer the time-tested classic shapes such as the full arc, Tudor arc and square designs, but if you have more unusual requirements we will work with you to make them a reality.

All of our memorials are bespoke, so we can produce a stone of almost any shape.

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Can I add pictorial or decorative elements to my design?

Yes, of course. We will work with you to incorporate these decorative elements into your design, offering examples of existing work we have produced to give you extra options.

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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 are cut into the stone. When designing your memorial, we will take all of these factors into account, recommending a stone type according to the proposed location and your aesthetic preference, and using bolder, or deeper-cut letter styles where necessary.

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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 take 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.

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How long should we leave it 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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How do I write an epitaph?

An epitaph is a chance to say something lasting about the person being remembered. It needs to 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.

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How much does a headstone cost?

Our handcrafted stone memorial plaques start from £1,000, our standard sized headstone and gravestone prices start from £3,000 and our kerb set arrangements start from £4,000

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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 on installation.
It should be noted that an installation fee is normally charged by the churchyard or cemetery. We can settle this on your behalf if you wish.
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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.

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

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    Kate - London

    From start to finish, Mark provided an outstanding service in order to create a beautiful, thoughtful and lasting memorial. The care and attention to detail has made the experience so much easier. We did not want an "out of the catalogue" type memorial, and especially not a modern shiny/granite type stone. I was breath taken to see the timeless and loving memorial Mark created. We cannot thank you enough, you are extremely talented!

    Frank - St.Albans

    Working with David from Artisan Memorials was an absolute pleasure, the process was easy and the final stone was absolutely beautiful, exactly the result we wanted to remember our much loved Mum, I can’t recommend them enough, the quality of the workmanship was outstanding!

    Linda - London

    My bother, sister and I are so pleased with the headstone for my mum and dad that David and Mark crafted. We went to them with ideas, but we did know that we didn’t want a run-of-the-mill headstone. They dedicated time and brought to bear their expertise to marry their craftsmanship to our ideas. I know my mum and dad would love the headstone that marks their last resting place. Thanks Mark and David.

    Elise - Milton Keynes

    I have no hesitation in recommending Artisan Memorials - David and Mark were a pleasure to work with the headstone they created for my parents and grandparents were beautiful works of art. They went out of their way to help and support us and the results were perfect. Thank you!

    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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