Headstones for Graves: 10 stunning designs

Posted 04/03/20

We specialise in unique, bespoke headstones for graves. We have been making headstones by hand for over fifteen years, and every headstone is individually commissioned. We have recently been awarded "best maker of hand-carved memorials" in the UK at the Good Funeral Awards.

Headstones for graves in workshop

As each headstone is unique, there is no catalogue to choose from, but we do have a free booklet you can request. We have also published a book: Headstones- advice and inspiration, to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer charity, featuring over 150 photographs of our beautiful creations.

Here are ten of our recent headstones for graves; I hope they inspire and encourage you to seek something unique instead of choosing a headstone from a monumental mason.

All of our headstones for graves are hand-designed and carved so that you know that the headstone you commission will be one of a kind.

For further examples please visit our headstones gallery.

1. Headstone for grave in slate with cross

The appeal of Cumbrian green slate lies in the veined and moving texture. It makes it so real and alive. If you begin with a really nice piece of material, you’re halfway there.

Slate headstone for grave bespoke

2. Headstone for grave in slate with a carving of oak leaves

The shape the inscription makes is important. You want the longest lines somewhere in the middle. It’ll be more pleasing to the eye from a distance.

Headstone for graves in slate

3. Smooth pebble headstone for grave with a simple epitaph

The words "bearing much fruit" are a nod to the legacy that the young person who died has left - his parents have set up a charity in his name called the Spargo-Mabbs foundation to raise awareness of the dangers of drug-taking in young people.

Slate headstone for grave with carving

4. Headstone for grave with a carving of an Agapanthus flower

This bold design reflected the person's love of the Agapanthus plant, which in itself is bold.

Bespoke headstone
Bespoke slate headstone

5. Headstone for grave with gilded stars and moving epitaph

The stars here represent the constellation of Taurus. The back of the headstone becomes a blank canvas and one is not constricted in terms of space.

Headstone with stars in slate

The star on the back provides a visual link to the front of the headstone.

Beautiful epitaph on headstone

6. Portland headstone for grave with a carving of a dove

We made this headstone about five years ago and it is always interesting to return to one's work and see how it has weathered. In this case, it has weathered very well, with the lettering and the carving more clearly defined with time.

Headstone in Portland with dove

7. Slate headstone for grave with carving of wheat

This headstone is tall, proud and handsome. The shape of the headstone should in some way reflect the shape of the inscription.

Bespoke headstone for grave

8. Headstone for grave in Aurisina limestone with organic lettering

A formal letterform set out in an informal manner as if drawn freely on paper.

Aurisina headstone for grave
Headstone in aurisina limestone

9. Slate headstone for grave with beautiful lettering in a circle

There is something about a circle of lettering that makes one want to read it. Furthermore, a circle of text looks lovely from a distance.

Slate headstone bespoke

10. The reverse of a Portland headstone with simple carving and epitaph

If one is to enter a churchyard from the west, it is normal to be faced to face with the backs of the headstones, and so if one of them has something on the back, it makes it even more special.

Tree carved on headstone

These headstones are for inspiration only - you do not have to be restricted to these and there are endless possibilities.

headstones inspiration idea