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 this.

  • 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.

  • Cremations
    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.

  • Maintenance
    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.