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25 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...

The pictures of the flattened headstones on the Wales Online website clearly show the pin fixings used.

11 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
An attack by vandals in a graveyard in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, that has left seven headstones on the ground raises questions once again about the efficacy of pin fixings.The attack was in Ferndale...
Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster

The site next to the Houses of Parliament where the Holocaust memorial will be.

1 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
There is to be a competition to find the design for a new Holocaust Memorial to be erected next to the Houses of Parliament.The site in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster was announced last month...
 
Well worth a read.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The wide range of stones used for memorials makes cemeteries potential geological treasure troves, as is demonstrated in a new book, The Geology of Oxford Gravestones.In it, the authors, Nina Morgan...
The pin memorial fixing system is pulled from the ground on a rainy September day in Redhill.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anton Matthews, who developed the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system, has continued his campaign to show that the single pin fixing system of the type approved by NAMM (the National Association of...
The Bastion Memorial to the fallen service personnel in Afghanistan, made by R Pascoe & Sons and installed by Young Johnson.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
R Pascoe & Sons, which lays claim to being Cornwall’s largest monumental masons, was commissioned to source and supply the granite for the Bastion Memorial of Remembrance at the National...
David Francis has some advise on using slate for memorials.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...
Carrières Plo's Versailles marble at the Shangri-La hotel at The Shard in London.
7 October 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Carrières Plo, the company that runs the largest granite quarry in France from which the 117tonne Tsunami Memorial unveiled by Prince Charles at the Natural History Museum was made, will be among...
Perhapos testing wqould be best carried out by digging a pit, says Anton Matthews.
17 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
I write in reference to the ‘Grave concerns’ article in the September issue of NSS by David Francis. He reports on a meeting of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee that...
John Swift, Chairman of the West Riding Stonecarving Association, and Member Garth Baldwin work on the panel marking the opening of the new car park.
17 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
West Riding Stonecarving Association was invited to Skipton Castle to demonstrate stone carving and to fashion a panel to mark the opening of the new car park at the Castle.Over the weekend of 4 and...
Councils selling memorials could be a nail in the coffin of memorial masons.
3 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial masons have failed to stop North East Lincolnshire Council from going into competition with them on the supply of tombestones.The Council says it plans to sell memorials at cost on a non...
David Francis: Me in Camden Cemetery with a leaning headstone.
21 August 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...
The death rate has been falling but was up this winter due to ’flu.
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The severe ’flu doing the rounds in the winter has taken its toll and increased deaths. That is reportedly starting to provide a boost to memorial sales. Figures from the Office for National...
If councils sell memorials is it really going to increase choice?
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The complaints of memorial masons about local authorities selling memorials to the public seem to have fallen on deaf ears.Before the general election MPs had other matters on their minds and...
David Francis discusses the memorial side of the business.
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Standard, BS 8415, is the benchmark for fixing memorials. It covers any suitable material erected in differing types of ground, anywhere in the British Isles. It has been updated twice...

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