I can deal with permit applications, interpret regulations and to some degree argue your case with officials on your behalf. There is also the cost of the inscription, the foundation and installation of the memorial. The installation cost will vary according to the distance from my workshop.

I am a fully qualified, BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) installer

SCOTT TAYLOR stone sculptor
My concept of a memorial is an emotional response to a past life. It is nothing less than a piece of art, commissioned in the memory of a loved one. There is little relief from the ache of loss and we all cope in different ways
There are very good reasons to take time in choosing a memorial although often our instinct is to keep busy and we may feel pressured into making a decision on a memorial before we are really ready.  There is always much to sort out for the next of kin following a death.
Grieving is a process that needs time so that eventually we remember with smiles more than we do with tears. Some find great comfort in spending time at the grave of their loved one. The act of dedicating time to grief can help the pain of loss to be soothed with enduring memory and love.
Choosing a memorial should be part of the grieving process, separate from resolving your loved one’s affairs. It takes time, thought and a little bit of spiritual alchemy to take a memorial beyond merely a commemorative grave marker. It is quite common and normal to talk to a loved one while focussed on their gravestone, in the same way we might talk to a photograph. This is the primary purpose of a memorial, an object of symbolism, focus and memory.
While a memorial is inscribed with details of the person’s life it commemorates, it should also express something more than the few words or verses that are practical on a gravestone. This essence of a person can be expressed in the form of a bird, a flower, or objects we associate with them such as a boat or car. The memorial itself can include, or actually be a sculpture. The possibilities, like the unique nature of people, are endless.
You have found my website so it is likely you are already aware that memorials have mostly been reduced to impersonal products in a catalogue. The truth is that nearly all are mass produced in the Far East for a global market.
Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason carved this beautiful Scandinavian Ebony granite, immensely hard and durable with delicately carved, sculpted roses and inter-twined ivy, lift this memorial. The letters are hand carved ‘vee cut’ and painted silver. The edges of the headstone and base are rustic punched for additional character and contrast.
Beautiful Scandinavian Ebony granite, immensely hard and durable with delicately carved, sculpted roses and inter-twined ivy, lift this memorial. The letters are hand carved ‘vee cut’ and painted silver. The edges of the headstone and base are rustic punched for additional character and contrast.

Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason
Grapevine entwined cross sculpted in york stone
Gravestones can be made to order but usually through a long supply chain and with the addition of language as a barrier to bespoke features. I spent the first twenty years of my career as part of that supply chain, carving and sculpting headstones for wholesale companies, before they were displaced by India and China. Although disconnected from the client I could at least be engaged in the design process.
Now I have my own studio and workshop I always deal with clients directly. This allows the design process to flow and keeps costs comparable to many high street retailers.  I am one of the very few true memorial masons that can offer an alternative to the Far East mass produced granite and stone products.
All my work is designed and created as a one-off; even the most simple inscription tablet will have a carefully designed inscription layout. I will never willingly paint a carving (paint cannot last long outside) or utilise a computer stencil cutter for any stage of letter inscription. I do use modern techniques to deal with harder materials and to keep costs realistic but always by my hand not a robotic computer.
Cost is an important factor and the headstone is just a part of the final total. One element will be a permit fee, payable to the Church or Council for the memorial. This can vary, particularly if the person was not officially considered as a local resident (named on a council tax bill). This can entail double or triple fees.
Thumbnail to Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason carved this beautiful Scandinavian Ebony granite, immensely hard and durable with delicately carved, sculpted roses and inter-twined ivy, lift this memorial. The letters are hand carved ‘vee cut’ and painted silver. The edges of the headstone and base are rustic punched for additional character and contrast. Thumbnail to Plough Horse Memorial Stone: This timeless image of the country is poignant for the suggestion of the cycle of life. While it represents the end of one season it is also the first part of the next and resonates with the sentiments and beliefs of many designed and carved by Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason Thumbnail to-Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason carved this gothic style memorial, a design which utilises the durable nature of granite for the inscription panel and encases it within a natural boulder of Purbeck Stone. The Gothic arch and tracery have been finished with a traditional tooled texture. thumbnail to - Carving of yacht integrated into memorial gravestone was designed & carved by master craftsman Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason. The forced perspective of the yacht gives a scale and balance that is particularly pleasing. The yacht was modelled from a collection of the client’s photos. The Purbeck Stone is of the Wetson Bed’ which is particularly hard wearing and consistent.
To give an idea of prices:-
Plaques cost between £500-£1000
Memorial costs start at £1500
           
           
           
           
           

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Plough Horse Memorial Stone: This timeless image of the country is poignant for the suggestion of the cycle of life. While it represents the end of one season it is also the first part of the next and resonates with the sentiments and beliefs of many designed and carved by Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason
Plough Horse: This timeless image of the country is poignant for the suggestion of the cycle of life. While it represents the end of one season it is also the first part of the next and resonates with the sentiments and beliefs of many.
Carving of yacht integrated into memorial gravestone was designed & carved by master craftsman Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason. The forced perspective of the yacht gives a scale and balance that is particularly pleasing. The yacht was modelled from a collection of the client’s photos. The Purbeck Stone is of the Wetson Bed’ which is particularly hard wearing and consistent.
Yacht: The forced perspective of the yacht gives a scale and balance that is particularly pleasing. The yacht was modelled from a collection of the client’s photos. The Purbeck Stone is of the ‘Wetson Bed’ which is particularly hard wearing and consistent.
Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason carved this gothic style memorial, a design which utilises the durable nature of granite for the inscription panel and encases it within a natural boulder of Purbeck Stone. The Gothic arch and tracery have been finished with a traditional tooled texture.
Gothic: This is design utilises the durable nature of granite for the inscription panel and encases it within a natural boulder of Purbeck Stone. The Gothic arch and tracery have been finished with a traditional tooled texture.

Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason carved this black granite memorial which was complemented with shot-blasted hand cut stencil letters. This stands as a good example of retaining the spontaneity and individual nature of handmade work while working within a competitive budget. The carving does not use any paint and will last indefinitely due to the remarkably hard nature of the material.
An imported black granite memorial that I carved and complemented with shot-blasted hand cut stencil letters. This stands as a good example of retaining the spontaneity and individual nature of handmade work while working within a competitive budget. The carving does not use any paint and will last indefinitely due to the remarkably hard nature of the material.
Angel: Standing at five feet tall this statue was sculpted by Scott Taylor top UK stone sculptor & stonemason from a solid block of Italian Carrara Marble. The block was supplied by Alex Bernardi of Bernardi Marmi
Angel: Standing at five feet tall this statue was sculpted from a solid block of Italian Carrara Marble. The block was supplied by Alex Bernardi of Bernardi Marmi www.bernardimarmi.it and the sculpture was commissioned as sub-contract work from a wholesale company in 2007.
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