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The insolvency of Simply Memorials has left 176 families without the headstones they had paid for.
22 February 2013 | Natural Stone Memorials
The National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) has donated £2,000 to a fund to help people who bought headstones from Simply Memorials on the internet. The company, which was not a NAMM...
Ken Howe's iTombe stone has an iPad in front and a solar panel on the reverse to power it.
11 December 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
At 64, Ken Howe is a traditional sort of stonemason working in Waterfoot, Lancashire, but his latest headstone has come bang up to date with a solar panel powering an iPad set into the York stone.Ken...
Robyn Golden-Hann working on the Chilmark memorial to polar bear victim Horatio Chapple.
11 December 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
Stonecarver Robyn Golden-Hann has hand-cut a Chilmark limestone memorial stone for Horatio’s Garden – a garden at Salisbury hospital named after the 17-year-old killed by a polar bear...
17 September 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
The National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) is asking for help with information about a 19th century mason called G P White of London.NAMM has received an enquiry from Andrew Fox who is trying...
L-R: Head of Masonry Services Shayne Taylor, The Midcounties Co-operative Group General Manager (Funeral) Simon Fisher and mason Chris Wilkinson.
17 September 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
The United Nations has designated 2012 as International Year of Co-operatives and to commemorate the designation a monument has been unveiled at Midcounties Co-operative’s HQ in Warwick. The 1....
13 August 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorials are a traditional part of a stonemason’s work and hand carved memorials are still in demand. Fergus Wessel of Fergus Wessel’s Stone Workshop in Oxfordshire discusses the process...
The Philip Jackson sculpture at the heart of the Portland limestone Bomber Command Memorial unveiled by The Queen on 28 June.
6 August 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
On 28 June The Queen unveiled the new memorial to those who died flying bombers in World War II. At the heart the memorial is a bronze sculpture by Philip Jackson showing seven bomber air crew 1.5-...
A tribute to a friend and a memorial for a widow carved in Stoke Hall sandstone.
19 March 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
It was a sad day last year when Kevin Livesey died after a wall collapsed on him. So his friend, Jonathan Hunter, the Managing Director of Traditional Stone & Slate Supplies Ltd in Horbury Bridge...
A photograph from the MAB photographic competition last year. The graph shows the number of deaths in the past decade (source: UK National Statistics)
19 March 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
Just before the economy took a dive, so did the number of deaths in the UK, delivering a double whammy to the memorial masonry side of the industry. But on the bright side…Memorial masonry is...
20 February 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
After more than 70 years making memorials in West Drayton, Middlesex, WJ Lafford has sold its premises there for development and moved production to The Stone Yard near Alton, Hampshire, that it took...
The Ted Hughes memorial in Westminster Abbey.
18 January 2012 | Natural Stone Memorials
At 78, Devon lettercutter Ronald Parsons, says inscribing the memorial to Poet Laureate Ted Hughes that was dedicated in Westminster Abbey this month (6 December), was one of the highlights of his...
A Portland limestone panel in the Royal Artillery Memorial after cleaning by DBR.
12 December 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
When the Portland limestone Royal Artillery Memorial was first unveiled its depiction of the realities of war were shocking. Today it is considered one of the country’s great public artworks....
Samuel Bordoli, composer of 'Monument' at The Monument on 2 October.
7 November 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
One of the City of London's great landmarks, The Monument, for much of its history the world's tallest free standing column, was host to a unique musical event on the weekend of 1&2...
The new memorial to the Welsh Guards during its dedication ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum.
12 September 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
Inigo Jones & Co Ltd in Caernarfon, Wales, are proud to have been involved in the erection of the 2-ton monolith in Welsh slate pictured on the right. Standing more than 4m high, it has been...
The Mansfield Heroes memorial in Bretton Moor sandstone and Angola Black granite.
11 August 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
The town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has unveiled a new war memorial to service men and women who have died in action since the end of World War II. Called the Mansfield Heroes Memorial, it is...

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