Our work: Memorial plaques

We take equal pride in our memorial plaques in Oxford Colleges and the Royal Albert Hall as those in our country churches and cemeteries

Commemorative Plaques

Memorial plaques can be commissioned not only to celebrate a person's life, but also to commemorate the benefaction of a building or garden. A commemorative plaque may be set into a wall of a church for example, and may be indoors or outdoors.  On some occasions the plaque may be set into the ground, as in the above example at the Royal Albert Hall.

Cremation Stones

With burial space in churchyards and cemeteries becoming more and more limited, cremation for many seems the obvious choice. Just as much effort however goes into the designing and making.

Many churchyard regulations have severe limitations on size which at first glance might seem a bit restrictive when it comes to squeezing in an inscription. However if a hard material is chosen, the lettering can be fairly small. It is also worth remembering that although the rules might stipulate a rectangular dimension, a circular or oval tablet is often accepted if it is within the measurements. see examples of cremation stones

Church and Cathedral Tablets

I am often asked to make a memorial plaque to hang on the internal wall of a church. This has to be one of the greatest honours; knowing that the plaque is likely to be safely preserved for hundreds of years.

Obtaining a faculty from the Diocese is always necessary for work inside a church or cathedral. This can be a lengthy process, but if the work is supported by the parish vicar, approval is usually just a matter of time.

We will guide you through this process and deal with the authorities on your behalf. Sadly these days regulations for the wording and design are fairly soulless. Many churches favour a uniformity and plainness when compared against the elaborate 17th century and Victorian monuments. Much will depend on the vicar and PCC. The big Cathedrals are an exception however and tend to support the more individual approach.  It is however vital to use a timeless letterform and general typography for this kind of plaque. It does not want to look out of place but part of the majesty of the building.

Memorial Plaque Materials

The choice of material for a memorial plaque depends on things like setting, amount of natural light, and the text.

Unless the plaque is built into the wall, the thickness of the plaque should be no more than 30mm. Therefore a hard material is selected. Slate is ideal; it is hard and the lettering easy to read. It takes painted and gilded heraldry beautifully and is soft in appearance. Light coloured materials are Hopton Wood limestone (when available), Auresina and Nabresina. If the softer Portland limestone were to be chosen then the lettering would need to be much larger and deeply cut especially since it cannot be painted.  If a particular stone is required to suit the fabric of the building we can source and work with pretty much any material. read more on materials

Testimonial

​Extremely pleased with the design and execution of Stella’s memorial slate. A piece of art, beautifully executed by a true crafstman.

Rodney Bisiker and family