Homelands, Jetty Marsh Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2SL 01626 355242
F Christophers & Son ltd provides memorials for graveyards in Ashburton, Newton Abbot,
South Devon and Dartmoor.
Following a burial, a memorial can be placed on the grave site after a few months
have elapsed. This is to allow the ground to settle. A cremation tablet can be placed
a lot sooner.
The first thing to consider is the headstone itself. Our range is based on what is
acceptable to the Church of England and local cemeteries. The best thing to do is
to look around at the churchyard or cemetery where the memorial is to be set to see
what would look best in the surroundings. Our range can be seen to the right of the
Cremation tablets are also available, in a desktop form or a standard flat piece
of stone. The usual material to use in this part of Devon is granite or slate. Of
course, if you have your own piece of acceptable stone, we are more than happy to
have it faced, lettered and fixed for you.
The next consideration is the choice of inscription. The church is quite particular
about the wording on memorials, local authority cemeteries less so. If in doubt,
please contact us for some acceptable suggestions. Please also consider if a further
inscription will be necessary in the future.
The letters are usually cut into the stone (incised) and painted black on granite,
gold on slate. Alternatively, the inscription can be raised on lead.
The lettering is charged per letter/digit on top of the cost of the memorial.
As soon as you have decided what style of memorial and what inscription to have,
we can lodge an application to the relevant church or cemetery.
We ask for the fee for this in advance to act as a deposit.
When we have the approval for the memorial from the relevant authority, we are free
to order the stone and fix the memorial when it is ready. This may take some time,
but we will let you know as soon as the memorial is in place, and will not ask for
the balance to be paid until this time.
We can clean, repaint and make safe older memorials, and will quote for this when
the work has been assessed.
Additional inscriptions on existing memorials can also be arranged.