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Sheila Gish Momorial by Neil LuxtonGranite memorial example

Choosing the Stone
The selection of stone available is wide ranging, but generally falls into four main categories.

Slate is finely particled, with a layered structure. This enables it to be beautifully carved. One of the main advantages of slate is that it will support the finest lettering. It will appeal to those that wish the memorial to remain the same for years, because it weathers very slowly.


A wide range of soft, tonal colours and textures are available. Limestones are easy to carve and the colour mellows gently with weathering. They will appeal to those that want medium sized lettering and a gentle weathering process.


Sandstone is a porous stone that ages and blends with the environment within a few years. It requires very deep cut lettering and hence is more suited to simpler inscriptions.

Granite is a very hard stone which is expensive to carve. It does not suit fine lettering and is better suited to large scale, simple inscriptions. Polished granite is no longer permitted in Highgate Cemetery as it is unsympathetic to the setting. However unpolished rustic granite may be used.

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