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Memorial Stones

Memorial stones are available in Portland and slate.

Each memorial stone is a wedge shaped tablet that lies flat on the ground. The wedge shape means that the inscription face leans towards the reader and it also helps rain water to naturally spill off. When in close proximity to the grave being visited, the memorials can be seen and read easily but from a greater distance, memorials are largely hidden by the grass and plant growth, which prevents the overall beauty of Harbour View being affected.

For full size graves, 18” x 12” tablets can be supplied in either landscape or portrait shape. Slightly smaller tablets of up to 12” x 12” are used for cremated remains graves.

Both Portland and slate are available for each size and shape, and all are kept in stock and are readily available. However, there are strict criteria in relation to permitted memorials and therefore orders must be made through our office.

In order to maintain the memorial for the long-term, we recommend that you have a maintenance agreement with us. For a relatively small annual fee, we will professionally clean the memorial, lift and re-set it into the ground once per year (this specifically does not involve re-painting the inscription, which may be needed after some years and which we would report to you when required). We also recommend our insurance cover; memorials do occasionally get damaged and often the reason is not ascertainable. The cost of insurance is a small percentage and at least takes away the financial burden if you are unfortunate enough to find your family’s memorial has been damaged.

 

Portland

Quarried locally as the name suggests, this material has been used worldwide as a building stone, perhaps most famously at St Paul’s Cathedral. Having a light grey colour and a smooth finish, the face lends itself to a clear and distinct inscription with the contrast of black letters.

 

Slate

The most hard-wearing of the materials we use for memorials, slate is dark grey and has a distinct beauty in the material itself. The letters of the inscription can be cut in a ‘deep V’ and NOT then painted, allowing the contrast of light to enable reading, or cut and finished in a light grey paint.