Memorial Masons (NAMM)
Selecting a Memorial Mason
Please note Doncaster memorials are members of NAMM
- Who to Choose
You may wish to use a company recommended by a friend or relative or you may
need to look around. Whichever you do, it is generally advisable to use one
which specialises in memorial masonry. They should understand stone and so be
able to give you reliable advice as to whether the stone you are choosing is
suitable for the type of memorial you require- and for the area in which it is
to be fixed. Weather, pollution and surrounding vegetation can have an effect on
- Members of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) are bound by strict Codes of Business and Working Practice and, should a dispute unfortunately arise, by the findings of a free and objective Conciliation and Arbitration Service.
Members must have public & products liability insurance of no less than £5 million, employee liability insurance of no less than £10 million and must also give a guarantee of the stability of their memorial. Many masons will have been accredited by NAMM
to use the Code of Working Practice fixing safe memorials. Ask your memorial
mason for proof of this.
- Cemeteries and Churchyards
Cemeteries and churchyards generally have regulations governing the kinds of memorials, and sometimes also the inscriptions and ornamentation, they will allow. These vary from place to place and so need to be checked before any choice is made. A NAMM
memorial mason will be able to assist.
There are often special areas for the burial of cremated remains. Some just have
a central memorial commemorating all those buried nearby. In others, headstones
or plaques can be erected on the individual plots. Again, the reputable memorial
mason should have full details.
- Obtaining Permission
Before a memorial may be erected in a churchyard or cemetery written permission has to be obtained from its management. Your NAMM
memorial mason will see to this for you.
- Initial Enquiry
The Initial Enquiry It is important to obtain a written estimate clearly setting
out full details of the memorial you are considering - and all the costs
involved. The estimate should include the memorial itself (with full details as
to size, material etc.), the lettering, any ornamentation and finishes, the
secure installation of the memorial on a proper foundation and the cemetery or
churchyard fees and VAT .If you obtain estimates from more than one company, do
check them carefully to make sure you really are comparing like with like. Many companies seem to include such things as lettering costs, ground anchors and many more. But
when looked at closer these are extra you need to be aware of this.
- Placing the Order
When you place the order you will be asked to pay a deposit, with the balance of
the agreed price payable later. Before signing to confirm your order it is
important to check it thoroughly. Be particularly careful that the wording and
spelling of the inscription, and any dates, are shown correctly. Any alterations
should be confirmed immediately and in writing. Please note: Unless you give
definite written instructions to the contrary, the layout of the inscription may
be left to the letter carver.
- Availability of the Materials
The complexity of design and the condition of the ground will affect the time
the memorial will take to complete. Again a reputable memorial mason will advise
you on this.
- Your Responsibility
Responsibility for Memorials It is important to remember that it is you and not
the cemetery or churchyard management, who is responsible for the maintenance of
your memorial. If it should become dilapidated or unsafe, steps may be taken to
lay it down or remove it. It is therefore wise to arrange for it to be regularly
maintained - and insured.
Many memorial masons offer maintenance schemes, usually payable on an annual basis. Terms will vary but will generally include regular
cleaning and checking. Minor problems may be corrected but more major ones will be brought to your attention.