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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...
One of the winning entries from Alan Clough, the Creative Supervisor of Hull wholesalers Odlings, in the NAMM Craftex competition.
18 July 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
As the National Funeral Exhibition, now being held every other year, was staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, this month (June), NSS takes the opportunity to look at developments in the sector and at...
The Portland limestone Marmite jar made by APS Masonry.
20 January 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
Oxford company APS Masonry have just put the final touches to a ‘love it, hate it’ battle over Marmite in Burton-on-Trent, where the yeast spread has been made for more than 100 years, by...
MAB debate the impact of IT on memorialisation in the House of Commons.
20 January 2011 | Natural Stone Memorials
On Thursday 11th November, The Memorial Awareness Board (MAB), the organisation that campaigns to raise awareness of memorialisation and related issues, held a seminar and reception at the House of...
Barry Hunt, stone consultant.
13 August 2010 | Natural Stone Memorials
In this regular column, Consultant Barry Hunt answers reader enquiries. If you have a question, email it to: [email protected] marked for Barry’s attention.Q: We wish to erect a single block of...
At the unveiling of the Kirkstone slate memorial to the tunnellers.
12 August 2010 | Natural Stone Memorials
Last month (June) saw the unveiling in Givenchy-les-La-Bassée, France, of a memorial in Kirkstone Quarries’ Brathay Blue Black and Light Sea Green Cumbrian slate to the Tunnellers of the...

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