Headstones

Honister Green Slate is a high quality material which makes for a beautiful, lasting memorial.  Customers choose our product because their loved one spent time in, or appreciated, the Lake District.
Each headstone is carefully hand-made to your requirements – making each one unique.

As well as its beautiful colour, this slate is renowned for its resistance to weather. It does not encourage growth of mosses or lichens and it is impervious to frost.
It is the ultimate last goodbye for someone special.

Please call on 017687 77230, or simply click the link to send an email to [email protected]

“We are very pleased with it 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 Rochelle and the team were fantastic.” Di Cooke.

“Honister were so patient with me as I really wanted to get it exactly right – the last thing I could do for my father.  Rochelle and I then confirmed the design together, and their stonemason was happy to carve a replica of a model steam train my father had made years ago… Which still sits on my mother’s mantelpiece today. However, I really wasn’t expecting a photograph of the chosen slate and the first few carvings to be sent to me – that meant so much  and showed Honister really cared as they knew what a precious position they held in our final goodbyes.” Helen Goodwin – Phillip Knight’s Daughter.

“Just a quick email to say 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. I cannot fault it. Thank you so much for making my vision become a reality and bringing a little bit of our family holidays to Matthew.” Stacy Howarth – Matthews Mum.

What you need to know…

  1. Size: Before choosing please check with the churchyard what size headstone they permit. Each churchyard have different rules and regulations about their sizes so it is best to be certain. As a guide, the standard Honister headstone is around 34″ tall by 22″ wide by 3″ thick. The largest width we can produce is 24″.
  2. Shape: Our most popular shapes in a smooth headstone have the following names: Square Top, Square Top and Splayed Corners, Oval, Peon, Half Round, Ogee Top, Half Ogee, Square Top Rounded Shoulders or Serpentine Top. When it comes to Honister’s rustic headstone range these are unique and natural pieces of slate – no two of which are identical. These have a very natural shape, rough edges and serrated surface (although the area for your lettering is left smooth). If you want a distinctive and special Lake District headstone a ”rustic” is the one to choose. Rustic headstones tend to be rugged and triangular-shaped.
  3. Lettering: Regardless of the length of your inscription, Honister provides the appropriate lettering size to give your epitaph its best fit. We also provide you with a proof so you can see what the lettering look likes and for you to make any final amends or corrections. Only when you are 100% happy, will the lettering be added to the stone.
  4. Design: Some people prefer to personalise their stone with a designs like a cross, family crest, poem, biblical verse, quotation, flower or Celtic sign. If you have a particular inscription or design in mind to personalise your stone, let us know we can help. Any images requested will need to be sent to us in an email in a black and white JPEG file in 1MB or higher resolution for transferring to our software.
  5. Delivery: Honister will arrange for your headstone to be delivered either to your chosen churchyard or to your local stone mason who then installs it on your behalf.
  6. Costs: Headstones are usually either three inches or four inches thick. For one of our smooth headstones at 36″ tall x 24″ wide x 3″ thick would come in at around £1050 plus VAT and delivery. A rustic headstone at 36″ tall x 24″ wide x 3″ thick would cost £990 plus VAT and delivery. We use outside hauler who deliver anywhere in the UK mainland. Lettering starts at £195 for an average amount of letter but if you want to recreate a poem or length of verse, the price will increase accordingly.
Headstone Info Sheet
  • You do not need to buy a headstone base. However, if you don’t, you will need to order a taller headstone. The extra length is required so the head stone can be properly secured into the ground. This can vary from 10-12″ depending on the size you would like to have outside the ground.
  • Bases come in either rustic or smooth designs dependant on your headstone. Bases allow your headstone to be properly displayed.
  • For personal features, they can be made with space to accommodate plant pot holes.
  • This is not cheap, imported slate, just beautiful rugged Lake District stone from Honister Slate Mine.
  • Our time-served craftsmen make the memorial to your exact specifications. Each piece from lettering, polishing, design and delivery is given the utmost care and attention. You are too.
  • Each headstone is carefully handmade to your requirements, making each one unique as well as its beautiful colour, this slate is renowned for its resistance to weather. It does not encourage growth or mosses or lichens and it is impervious to frost.
  • Our headstones are the ultimate last goodbye for someone special
Headstone Bases Info Sheet
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