Choosing a Memorial for a loved one is a deeply personal and emotional decision.
At Honister Slate Mine, we understand the importance of creating a lasting tribute that truly reflects the person it honours.
Each memorial plaque is crafted by one of our skilled stone masons using traditional techniques and tools to produce a unique and beautiful tribute that will be cherished by family and friends for generations to come.
We personalise each Memorial with engraved lettering and designs to ensure that it reflects the life and personality of your loved one and how you would like them to be remembered.
Standing the test of time
Honister slate is a high-quality and durable material that is perfect for use in headstones and memorial plaques.
It is renowned for its resistance to weather and does not encourage the growth of mosses or lichens, ensuring that the headstone remains looking beautiful for years to come.
It is also impervious to frost, which means that it will not crack or become damaged in cold temperatures.
Lake District Memories
For those who have a connection to or appreciation for the Lake District, our Westmorland green slate headstones are a fitting tribute. Its beautiful colour and unique texture make it a stunning and timeless choice that will stand the test of time.
We understand that the
process of choosing a memorial can be overwhelming.
That's why our experts are here to guide you through every step of the process, from selecting
the right size and shape to designing and engraving the perfect tribute.
We pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service and producing memorials of the highest quality.
What wording to choose?
When it comes to wording for a memorial, you need to consider font as well as inscription.
Different fonts can add character to a memorial plaque.
The most popular option is a Roman font or one very similar. Highly stylised fonts such as elaborate ‘script’ like fonts may look good on paper but are often very unsuitable when cutting into stone.
More simple italic style fonts are often used for verses, bible passages, poetry, and quotes.
The inscription is one of the most important parts of a memorial. It’s the message that will represent the life of your loved one and should be timeless and dignified.
It can contain anything from bible passages to quotes to poems, and should summarise the dead person’s life, beliefs, and accomplishments.
This can be very difficult since it’s hard to summarise somebody in just a few words. Common phrases include 'Rest in Peace', 'In loving memory of…', 'Forever in our thoughts', etc.
Any personal phrases need to be checked to make sure they comply with the rules and regulations belonging to your cemetery.
Can I have any lettering?
Yes you can. However, if the plaque is being placed in a cemetery you will need to check with your council and churchyard as they need to approve it. We can email a mock up at this stage to help which you can print or email forward for approval.
Will the stone last?
Yes it will, it is a strong material and are renowned for its durability and longevity.
Is the lettering on top of the stone or in the stone?
We sandblast the lettering into the stone to a depth of around 5mm. We then finish the lettering either in white or leave it natural.
How do I maintain the stone?
You do not have to do anything to maintain the stone as it will be finished with a sealant for longevity. If it is in an area that gets a lot of weathering, like next to the coast, a wipe with a clean cloth every so often will restore the finish to the stone.
Would you like to know more about our memorial plaques?
Please contact us below and we will be in touch.
"I'd like to pass on a huge thank you for arranging the memorial stone. It looks great and is a fitting memorial to a man who loved the Lakes."
"Thank you so much for the beautifully crafted headstone you made for my son. From start to finish you have been outstanding with your customer service, advice, and efficiency. The headstone is just like the design and is exactly how I imagined it."
Di & Fred Cooke
"We are very pleased with the stone and glad that’s it’s now in situ. Thank you for all your help. Although much of the order was done by email as we’re 400 miles and the team were fantastic."