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Architectural Lettering and Inscriptions


Our portfolio includes work at The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, and Princess Diana's Memorial

This is a small selection of Public Works we have recently undertaken. They include Princess Diana's Memorial, Memorial in St Paul's Cathedral, a sundial obelisk at Buscot Park, an inscription in the South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall, and a large carving above the entrance to the Holywell Music Room in Oxford. We have a good working relationship with eminent architects and designers such as Sir Mark Lennox Boyd, who designed the sundial obelisk and John Melvin with whom we worked on the Holywell Music Room. The renovation of the Holywell Music Room won a prestigious Oxford Preservation Trust Award.

Our portfolio includes work at The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, and Princess Diana's Memorial

Close up lettering in stone

Architectural lettering

Large scale inscriptions in stone are almost always cut in situ, whether high up on scaffolding or standing on a pavement. Each letter is carefully drawn and cut, using little more than a pencil, mallet and chisel.

This expertise can be applied to any project, including street signs, office logos, shop signs and names of buildings.

Architectural lettering


We have years' of experience carving architectural lettering by hand and we know what we’re doing. We will work closely with schools, colleges and architects to determine exactly what is needed in terms of letterforms size, layout and suggested locations.

Architectural lettering cost
Architectural lettering

Architectural Materials

Architectural lettering is frequently an afterthought, and before any planning is done, we will need to determine the thickness of the stone to be carved and the type of stone. Classic materials are Portland limestone and Yorkstone. If the architect designs the building with the inscription in mind, this is a good time for a consultation with our workshop to discuss timeframes, materials and scale


Royal Albert Hall
St Edmund Hall
Trinity College Oxford
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Latymer Upper School
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Historic royal palaces
Buscot park logo
Bodleian library logo
Royal commonwealth society logo
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Fergus carves with power and elegance. His work is forward looking but firmly rooted in traditional practice.

Loyd Grossman, OBE, FSA

The Commandant wanted me to thank you again for providing the plaque for the opening of The Prince Philip Barracks. The unveiling was a definitely a success! Many thanks for all of your work; it has been a pleasure.

Lt James Aubrey

I know of no building from the prestigious Oxford College to the modest cottage that could not be improved by the addition of Fergus Wessel’s skill, attention and sensibility. He is in the great tradition of English stone cutters, stretching back to Eric Gill. As an architect, I have been privileged to have his contribution to a number of my buildings, and I regard him as one of the finest stone cutters in the country.

John Melvin, Architect and Town Planner

I cannot speak highly enough of Fergus’s craftsmanship and professionalism over the ten years or so he has worked with us. His high quality work can be seen in various prominent positions around the School and he always takes great pains to ensure that what he produces is appropriate in the context. We look forward to calling on his services again in the future.

Andrew Turner, Second Master, Charterhouse

Fergus Wessel has a very professional approach to his work. The planning and research is well considered, his work is carefully set out on site to allow for minor alterations and approval prior to cutting the stone. The stone cutting is done with style to leave an image which will last for centuries.

Roger Quarmby, Arthington Park

Frequently Asked Questions

How far do you travel?

We travel all over the UK and occasionally overseas. As long as you give us plenty of time, we are happy to travel to carry out in-situ architectural work. As we are a team, we can often work together to get a job done within a specific timeframe.

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Every member of our team strives for perfection, combining traditional tools and techniques with a fresh and open-minded approach. This is what makes us special.