The most durable stone of all and very suitable for British weather. It comes in many colours including black, red, blue and grey. Polishing brings out the true beauty and deep colour of the stone. Granite is highly recommended.
White in colour, veined with blue/grey markings. Due to its porous nature marble is not recommended for use near to trees or damp areas. Always given a finely rubbed finish which is very smooth but never polished. Not permitted for use in churchyards.
A specific form of fine hard limestone which is quarried in Italy, fawn/beige in colour and is suitable for most churchyards. As with White Marble, this is left with a fine rubbed finish and never normally polished.
Limestone / Portland Stone
Soft light coloured stones which discolour relatively quickly giving an aged look and are mostly used in churchyards.
Other types of stone are available but not necessarily in general use. If a customer specifies a particular material not mentioned in this brochure we will advise on its suitability and availability.
All visible areas of the memorial are polished with the exception of any design work or inward facing surfaces. Suitable for virtually every cemetery except those run by the Church of England.
A honed finish can be best described as an 'eggshell' finish. Whilst extremely smooth it is non reflective and particularly suitable for most churchyards.
The polished or honed area of a memorial is restricted to the inscription face and top of base where applicable. All other surfaces will be pitched, sawn, sanded, blasted or rubbed as appropriate to the individual memorial.
A pitched finish is one that has been obtained by using a bolster and hammer which gives a rough finish to the memorial.