BOOK HEADSTONES

THE WILSON MORGAN COLLECTION

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have a specific design in mind, have seen a memorial design elsewhere, or want to explore the possibilities for a custom book memorial. Our team of expert stonemasons has the skills to create any bespoke memorial. Contact us today.

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Headstone Range

Selecting headstones inspired by books has gained popularity among those seeking to craft a distinctive and heartfelt homage to their cherished individuals. At Wilson Morgan, our team of highly skilled memorial artisans excels in the precise craftsmanship and inscription of various tombstones shaped like books.

Each book headstone is meticulously designed to serve as a profound testament to the enduring memory of your loved one.

We offer a variety of pre-designed book styles for your consideration, or we are prepared to collaborate closely with you to create a custom masterpiece that authentically captures the essence of your loved one’s life and lasting legacy. Our steadfast commitment to precision craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail ensures that your book-inspired memorial will stand as a fitting tribute destined to endure for generations.

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The perfect book headstone

The symbolism associated with a book transcends diverse cultures, embodying concepts of wisdom, enlightenment, and faith. Moreover, when incorporated into the design of a headstone or other commemorative structure, it frequently represents the idea of a ‘book of life.’

The popularity of tombstones shaped like books has seen a significant rise, making them a profound choice for those seeking to pay tribute to the memory of a loved one. Additionally, these memorials inspired by books often stand as tributes to multiple individuals interred together.

At Wilson Morgan, we present a diverse array of designs for book-shaped headstones for your consideration. Our adept team of memorial artisans and designers is also available to collaborate with you, ready to craft a unique design that beautifully reflects the personality and passions of your beloved.

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headstone materials

& colours

In our selection of book-shaped memorials, you’ll find an extensive range of materials and finishes, providing a diverse spectrum of colours and tones in specific options.

Every material employed in crafting these headstones comes with its distinct advantages, be it in terms of visual aesthetics, enduring durability, or minimal maintenance needs.

POPULAR BOOK HEADSTONE MATERIALS:

Granite cremation memorial material

GRANITE

Limestone cremation memorial material

LIMESTONE

York Stone cremation memorial material

YORK STONE

White Marble cremation memorial material

WHITE MARBLE

Portland Stone cremation memorial material

PORTLAND STONE

Forest of Dean cremation memorial material

FOREST OF DEAN STONE

Sandstone cremation memorial material

SANDSTONE

Nabresina cremation memorial material

NABRESINA STONE

Welsh Slate cremation memorial material

WELSH SLATE

POPULAR BOOK HEADSTONE COLOURS:

We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour

BLACK

Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

LIGHT GREY

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

DARK GREY

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

AVON GREY

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

STAR GALAXY

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour

BROWN

Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

BAHAMA BLUE

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

BLUE PEARL

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

RUBY RED

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

BALMORAL RED

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

TWILIGHT RED

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour

TEAK

Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour

PINK

Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

EMERALD PEARL

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

FIR GREEN

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

IMPERIAL GREEN

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

OCEAN GREEN

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

TROPICAL GREEN

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

YELLOW (YORK STONE)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour

WHITE

White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

WHITE MARBLE

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Book an appointment to learn more about our book headstones by contacting us today.

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Fine Craft Etching

Add character, personality and something truly unique and special to an book headstone with a detailed fine craft etching of any image or photograph.

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR BOOK HEADSTONE?

  • Established memorial masons since 1904
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Over 100 years industry experience
  • The Wilson Morgan 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The Wilson Morgan price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
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Book Headstone

Installation Services

Following the meticulous design and craftsmanship by our team of highly skilled memorial stonemasons, the next crucial phase involves the expert installation of your book headstone at your selected burial site.

Leveraging our extensive knowledge of cemeteries in and around South Wales, we are uniquely positioned to provide expert guidance and recommendations on the most suitable types of book headstones for the various cemeteries and churchyards in the South Wales area.

When you entrust us with the installation of your book headstone, you can be confident that your chosen memorial will be installed with the utmost precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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Services

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Memorial Aftercare®

Our service that provides fully comprehensive maintenance for your loved one’s memorial. We ensure complete peace of mind that the memorial is thoroughly checked, cleaned and cared for.

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Memorial Restoration

We offer a professional restoration service for existing memorials across Penarth, Cardiff, Barry and surrounding areas of the Vale of Glamorgan, fully restoring memorials that have been weathered or damaged over time.

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Memorial Insurance

We understand the importance of making sure your loved one’s memorial is protected against damage. We offer StoneGuard Insurance designed to guard their memorial against the most common accidents and damage.

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Home Visit

Our specialist family advisors are happy to carry out a memorial consultation within your home located anywhere within Penarth, Barry, Dinas Powys, south Cardiff or any of the surrounding areas within the Vale of Glamorgan.

BOOK HEADSTONE FAQS

How Do I Choose A Book Headstone?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

Can You Help Me Choose A Book Headstone?

We are more than happy to discuss all of your options in detail to assist you in making a decision about which book-shaped headstone would best suit your needs. Our team can walk you through the advantages of various materials, present you with a selection of book styles and designs that meet your specifications, and explain the variety of engraving and detailing possibilities that are accessible for each specific headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Headstone?

Selecting the ideal material for your headstone depends on various factors, such as the style, lettering, carving specifications, colour, texture, and location. Our memorial stonemasonry company offers a wide selection of popular headstone materials, including granite, slate, limestone, york stone, and more. For those looking for a book headstone in a specific colour, granite material is often the best option due to its vast range of colours and shades. However, it’s essential to check if your cemetery has any regulations regarding the acceptable headstone colours.

Are Book Headstones Available In Different Colours?

Certainly, we offer a range of colours for our book-shaped headstones, including a variety of colours and shades in our granite material. Choosing a coloured book headstone can be a personal way to honour and remember a loved one, perhaps by crafting the memorial in a granite of their favourite colour or as a way to add a touch of uniqueness to their tribute.

However, it’s important to note that cemeteries and churchyards may have specific regulations regarding the colours of headstones allowed on their grounds. We recommend checking with the cemetery or churchyard before making a final decision on the colour of your book headstone.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Book Headstone?

Selecting a headstone to memorialise a loved one can be an emotionally challenging task. Therefore, we suggest taking ample time to carefully consider your options and ensure that you are creating a tribute that appropriately honours their life. There is no definitive timeline for making this decision, and we encourage you to take as much time as you need to arrive at a choice that feels right for you and your family.

To ensure the stability of the headstone and to prevent any potential damage, it is generally recommended by cemeteries to wait for 6-12 months after the burial before erecting a headstone. This allows the ground to settle properly and minimises the risk of the headstone sinking or tilting over time. It is always advisable to check with the specific cemetery you plan to use for any regulations or guidelines they may have regarding headstone installation.

The length of time you have to wait before installing a memorial can vary depending on the cemetery and the type of memorial you choose. For example, some cemeteries may require the aforementioned waiting period of 6-12 months before allowing a headstone to be installed, while the same cemetery may permit the installation of a cremation memorial immediately.

If you’re unsure about the specific requirements of a cemetery in Penarth or nearby areas, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can offer advice and guidance to help you navigate the process.

Ultimately, the decision of when to install a headstone on a grave is a personal one and there is no prescribed time frame. It’s important to take the time you need to feel ready to honour your loved one in the way that feels most appropriate to you – time can usually better help you decide on the book headstone itself as well as the engraved inscription.

Can I Choose A Book Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

In most cases, yes, we can create a bespoke book headstone design to meet your specific requirements. Our memorial stonemasons are highly skilled and experienced, so if you provide us with an image or description of the design you have in mind, we will do our best to help. We understand that book-shaped headstones are a popular choice and you may want a unique design that stands out or a replica of a book headstone you saw and admired elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Make A Book Headstone?

Creating a headstone, whether in the shape of a book or any other design, and engraving its inscription requires a great deal of skill. As a result, it can take some time to complete your book headstone order, typically several weeks or even months. The exact timeframe will depend on the current demand of things such as existing orders and stone materials, so we recommend asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time when placing your order to get a more accurate answer.

Can I Add Something To A Book Headstone?

Without a doubt, you can make alterations or additions to an already existing book headstone. These modifications might include adding a unique design, an engraved feature, or an additional inscription with a different font or text. We would be honoured to have a conversation with you about your preferences and offer details about the available amendments that can be made to the headstone.

What Is The Average Cost Of A Book Headstone?

It’s challenging to estimate the cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is a simple upright design or something more bespoke. This is due to the fact that every headstone is unique, and the price is determined by various factors such as size, inscription, type of headstone, and ever-changing material costs, rather than just the labour required to craft it. To obtain an accurate quote, we suggest speaking with a representative who can consider your specific requirements at the time.

Nevertheless, we guarantee that our prices are highly competitive, and we provide a price promise. If you discover a product of comparable quality from a recognised and reputable local memorial mason or funeral director at a lower cost, we will offer a discount on the price.

Do You Offer A Guarantee With Your Book Headstones?

Certainly, all of our book headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 100 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1904.

Can I View Proofs Of The Book Headstone?

We can provide you with proofs of the book headstone design for your approval before moving forward with the creation process. If you are not satisfied with the initial design, we can make adjustments to the layout or style to better suit your preferences.

Do You Ship Book Headstone Orders Overseas?

We have experience in shipping memorials overseas, but it’s important to note that there are additional expenses involved. These may include specialised packaging, insurance, and taxes or fees.

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