Memorial StoneMasons for the Essex area
Mixing a combination of traditional memorial mason’s engraving sills skills with modern technology, Bennetts Memorial Masons Essex, endeavours to provide gravestone and headstone memorials of the highest quality and durability. Memorial headstones of all shapes, designs and colours found within the memorials range, can be manufactured in various materials. Differing ornaments, frames and vases may also be added or replaced. When choosing a memorial mason for a headstone you should also take into consideration the durability of the stone. Granite headstones are far more durable stone than marble gravestone and granite is ideally suited to the etching and sandblasting of detailed designs on headstones. The memorial gravestones and headstones may be further personalised with badges, mementos or favourite scenes. Colour can be added to further highlight most designs. Bennetts Funeral Directors have a large selection of memorial mason stone in stock, a further selection of brochures with differing designs and many years’ stone mason experience in assisting personal and unique memorial headstone and gravestone designs.
An application must be made on your behalf to the local authority or local church minister for permission to erect monuments made by memorial masons, or to inscribe an additional inscription onto an existing gravestone within a cemetery or churchyard. Diocese rules for churchyard memorials outline that only a headstone or gravestone of an unpolished finish is allowed and white marble memorial masonry is not permitted within a churchyard. Some local parish councils have similar rules and regulations. The Diocese rules are quite complex, this can be made available on request.
Our memorial masons can also supply house plaques and pet memorials.
National Association of Monumental Masons (NAMM) Regulations
Our Essex stonemasons
For centuries people have created memorials to remember their loved ones. Our skilled memorial masons are all members of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) which ensures they are experienced in designing, engraving and preparing memorial headstones and gravestones of the highest quality.
As reputable monumental masons we adhere to the NAMM Regulations for the fixing of memorials. Any new monument made a memorial mason or older memorials re-fixed following renovation or additional inscriptions, must be fixed using the NAMM landing and ground anchor, this is to reduce the possibility of the future toppling of the headstones and gravestones.
There are exceptions to these in some cemeteries, such as Woodman Road, in Brentwood, Essex. Upminster, Essex and the City of London where provision of a concrete beam enables fixing directly to that.
Cleaning and Renovating Memorials
All memorials will be affected by the elements. Some granite headstones will look as good as new for years, however the soft stones can deteriorate more quickly. We recommend that granite headstones and gravestones are wiped over with a damp cloth a few times a year, but take care not to rub the letters. Soft stones may be carefully scrubbed with a soft brush and water.
Memorials will need professional cleaning and renovating from time to time. Letters may need re-leading, re-blacking or re-gilding and the memorial may need straightening, this may necessitate a new NAMM landing. Please contact us for an estimate, you will be under no obligation.
For more information on our Memorial Masons Service please contact us on 01277 210104/210654