Cumbria Headstones cover the whole of cumbria
(over this area a small fee will be charged)
If there is a concrete Plinth (looks like a pathway) at the back of the grave, the headstone can be fitted immediately after a burial. Where no plinth is present most headstones can be installed within 3 months depending on soil conditions and position. In the case of cremated remains (ashes) a memorial can be erected immediately after the burial.
Visit our showrooms in Workington or Cockermouth
Book a home appointment , we will be happy to help and take your order, otherwise orders can be taken over the phone or via email.
Yes we do. We have all the latest computer aided software and send you a proof of inscription/layout, design a couple of weeks before your memorial is ready to be engraved and erected in the cemetery. You can then confirm all is correct or of any errors/changes.
If your memorial is in stock 4 to 6 weeks. If your memorial is a special order and has to be specially made up to 12 to 14 weeks. We always carry a range of standard headstones in stock .We also update you with progress with your stone.
Yes we can, Any memorial you see that is not in the brochure we can supply, and get back to you with a price. We can even produce a memorial that you design yourself.
We offer a product called Stone Guard Memorial Insurance, you can Protect your memorial from vandalism from as little as £28 for 5 years. If during this time your memorial is damaged and the damaged can be repaired, we would repair it. if the memorial was a write off and could not be repaired we would replace at no cost.
We ask for 50% deposit of total cost of your stone and then final payment when the memorial has been lettered and erected in Cemetery/Church.
Yes. We have one within our workshop, with of examples of headstones and plaques. We are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Our showroom and yard is at Unit 8 Moorclose depot ,Westfield Drive , Workington , Cumbria where we have ample free parking .Please contact us on 01900269253 for an appointment or arranged home visit .
Yes. The regulations regarding memorials in churchyards are quite complex. There are limitations on certain dimensions, designs and materials allowed. Cemeteries tend to be less strict, although regulations do vary from cemetery to cemetery. Once you tell us where the memorial is going to be fixed, will be able to advise you what is and isn't allowed in that churchyard or cemetery.
You must wait at least 3 months after burial before fixing a memorial. This is to allow the ground to settle. Some churchyards and cemeteries insist on even longer after the burial.
We aim to work to a timescale of 8 to 12 weeks from the date of the confirmed order. The lead time can be longer for bespoke memorials, or if our schedules are affected by periods of adverse weather.
No, our website and showroom displays just a small selection of the available designs. As we are Monumental stonemasons , not a funeral director or brochure shop, we are able to create your own bespoke memorial designs from scratch.
Yes, cremation plaques can be provided in many materials, although your choice is limited in churchyards by the regulations.
Yes, we can create many forms of animal memorials , from a simple small plaque to commemorate a loved pet, right up to large memorials .
This very much depends on where the memorial is to be fixed. Churchyard regulations may not allow marble or polished granite headstones, so you must choose a stone such as Part Polished grey, slate, natural stone to churchyard. If the memorial is going into a cemetery, you generally have a wider choice of materials and polished granites are usually allowed.
Yes, we can offer Local Lake District Slate, Welsh Slate, which is a matt black/grey slate from the Snowdonia region. Welsh Slate is very hard and durable, although can be difficult to obtain in memorial quality, so please check for availability. We can also offer blue, Green slate from Lake District Quarries.
As standard, we offer machine-cut lettering using the latest sandblasting and stone cutting techniques. We are also happy to quote for hand cut lettering, but this is at a significant additional cost due to the labour involved.
Letters can be painted (a variety of colours )
Gilded with genuine 24c gold leaf .
Lead Lettering ( Flush/Raised)
Industry Approved Enamel Paint: White, Black , Silver ,Other colours may be allowed by certain authorities e.g : Pink , blue etc.
Certain stones will look better with a particular finish. For example, a light stone such as Portland looks best with dark painted inscriptions.
The number of letters in the inscription may depend on the size of the stone.
Yes, we can offer advice and examples on the wording for the memorial, based on conventions and previous work we have carried out. Please ask for any help you require.
We can offer hundreds of font styles for the lettering. We have examples of many of these fonts in our showroom.
Yes, we offer a selection of traditional designs such as roses, crosses etc. We can also carve designs to specific requirements, such as military badges, pets, particularly types of flowers, or designs to depict the hobbies or interests of your loved ones. Note that designs on stones going into churchyards should be biblical in nature and not coloured.
Yes, on your request we can supply a paper layout showing exactly how the inscription will look before we cut the stone. This will enable you to make any amendments and approve the work before we carry it out. Or you can visit our workshop and see it on the memorial itself .
Where an additional inscription is required on an existing headstone (e.g. where there is a shared grave space), Or in the case of ashes being interred in a grave, we will remove the stone to commence the work. The stone will be returned to our yard, where we will await instruction on the inscription to be added to the memorial. Once the work has been completed we will return to re-fix the headstone with the new inscription added.
Yes, our dedicated memorial fixing team have the qualifications and experience in fixing memorials, ensuring a professional installation or repair to your memorial . Our fitters are registered memorial fixers with NAMM the only company in west Cumbria to hold this Qualification.
NAMM is the National Association of Memorial Masons. Register of Accredited Memorial Masons. All memorial fixers must be NAMM registered in order to comply with the latest guidelines for fixing memorial stones.
Permission must be sought from all churchyards and cemeteries for allowing either the erection of a new memorial or alterations such as adding a new inscription to an existing stone. Cumbria Headstones will make an application to the relevant authority on your behalf, so there is no need for you to also ask for permission. Cemeteries and churchyards also charge a fee for permission to allow the work to take place.
Cumbria Headstones will arrange to pay the fees to the relevant churchyard and cemetery on your behalf. These fees are then passed on to you, at cost, as part of your final invoice.
Most of our work is carried out within the whole of Cumbria. However, distance is no object for our memorial fixing team, and we are happy to quote to fix in locations further afield.
As a general rule, it is not possible to notify clients when we are going to fix the memorial. This is because our fixing schedules are organised according to the location of the work currently on the books (e.g. if we have 2 or 3 jobs in the same area, it makes sense to fix them all on the same day). Additionally, our schedules are very much dependent on the weather, so we could plan to fix on a certain day, but heavy rain, snow or ice may make this impossible. However, if you have a particular reason why you wish to be notified prior to fixing, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Yes, we can arrange memorial insurance through Stoneguard, which offers cover against vandalism, theft, impact, storm damage and ground movement. The cover is for 5 years,. We send a leaflet about the insurance with your final invoice. You are under no obligation to take out insurance, so we leave the decision entirely up to you.
Yes. We are happy to quote to clean or renovate any memorial stones, from simple lawn memorial headstone up to large war memorials. Please contact us, notifying us the name on the stone and where it is located. Note that if the stone just needs dirt or lichen removed, this is often possible to do yourself with a scrubbing brush and water. Please do not use household cleaners though, as their acidic properties will damage the stone. If you are unsure, please ask for advice.
This depends on the level of renovation work required. It is possible to clean some memorials in situ. Re-gilding or re-painting, particularly on granites which do not required much cleaning, is often carried out on site during the summer months. However if the memorial is particularly dirty or damaged, it will be necessary to remove the memorial and return it to our works.
Yes, these are available in numerous sizes from 3" – 8" and with gold, silver, tops Other colours available. Included in our range are full metal flowers vases in white & black and a small range of ornamentation flower vases. They are for sale from our showroom and on our internet sites.
Yes, a wide range of designs of statues are for sale from our showroom and internet sites.
Yes. 2 x 25kg bags of chippings are required to cover an average sized headstone & kerb type grave space. Various colours
Yes. We can make house name or number plaques from any material of your choice, and in any shape or size you require. We have a selection of "standard" materials and sizes for house plaques which are very competitively priced. For more bespoke plaques, we can price each job individually. Please contact us with your requirements, or visit our showrooms. We also stock a range of household table ware products
We can also carry out larger work, for example a plaque to commemorate an opening or occasion, or large stone signs for commercial buildings. Company logos can even be carved onto the stone. Please contact us for a quotation.