Commissioning work on an existing memorial
Responsibility for maintaining a grave rests with the descendants of the person buried there.
If there is a monument, headstone or kerbs associated with the grave, we can send you a condition report (prepared by Cliveden Conservation in 2016), which will highlight if the memorial requires restoration work. Several families, impressed with the transformation taking place in the Cemetery, have already commissioned our stonemason, Will Yendell of Signs in Stone, to undertake the necessary work. Will can conserve damaged masonry, replace missing stonework, re-carve lettering and replace lead lettering.
The inscriptions on the existing headstones can sometimes be added to if it is known that a person buried in the plot has not been commemorated. In some instances it is possible to add names to a family memorial if there is a close connection between the deceased and the family member buried in the grave.
Any new additions to existing memorials will require authorisation from the Diocese – some minor changes simply require written permission, others require a Faculty
If you wish to discuss these options, we would arrange a site meeting to explore the extent of the repair, which would be agreed and costed in advance.