Memorial Stones

Memorial Stones, BristolMemorial Stones

MW Funeral Directors can advise you on memorial stones to mark a person’s final resting place. We usually advise on a stone called Purbeck.

Purbeck is a rich looking limestone, honey coloured and full of little shells and fossils. There are many different colours available, Thornback being the most suitable for headstones. When the texture of a stone is richly patterned as with fossil rich limestones, it can conflict which the shadow formed by the cut letter, so bold letterforms are called for.

Some people like to apply a wash of paint to the carved letters which provides a stronger inscription. Stonemasons use a paint designed especially for outdoor stone inscriptions which doesn’t chip, smear, fade, lose its gloss or run if exposed to paint stripper. We anticipate the paintwork on a stone to last for up to 10 years.

A Purbeck memorial stone can take up to twelve weeks from design to completion but will often be completed within four weeks. If you need a stone urgently please let us know and we will endeavour to fast-track it.

Most stones cost in the region of £500 – £700 depending size of the stone, the complexity of the design and number of letters in the inscription.

We work with skilled masons with many years of experience designing and creating bespoke memorial headstones. Choosing a headstone is a significant task and a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We can advise you on the best headstones and show you examples to help you choose.  

Headstone Inscriptions

An important element of having a headstone commissioned is choosing the inscription. It is an opportunity to share a unique message for your loved one, that will live on as a lasting testament to them. Below are some examples of popular headstone inscriptions.


  • Always in Our Hearts
  • Rest in Peace
  • In Loving Memory Of
  • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • Entered into Rest


Whatever the message you wish to convey, we can communicate this to the stonemason, who will be able to make your vision a reality. Everyone is different, and so we encourage people to choose a headstone that they feel will best represent their loved one. Our experienced team will be able to assist you in choosing an appropriate headstone. We have many years of experience and knowledge, to help you decide.  


Helping Families Across Bristol For Many Years

At MW Funeral Directors in Bristol, we have helped hundreds of families over the years in planning a truly personal, touching memorial for their loved ones. We endeavour to help take some of the burden of planning a funeral off of the shoulders of the grieving family and friends, allowing them the opportunity to process their grief and remember their loved one, rather than getting caught up in the details of the day. Our aim is to make people feel as at ease and comfortable as possible when making these decisions. Contact us on 0117 950 4100 or email us using our online contact form to get in touch about arranging a funeral in Bristol. Alternatively, you can visit our offices in Westbury-on-Trym to speak to one of our caring, professional team about funeral arrangements.


We also offer a range of prepaid funeral plans. These can be tailored to include a memorial headstone, chosen by you. If you would like to find out more about our prepaid funeral plans, visit our page to see our available plans, get in touch or visit us in branch.


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