Expert memorial stonemasons crafting quality headstones
Cardiff, Cwmbran, South Wales & beyond
Here at Mossfords, we understand and appreciate the importance of making the right choice when it comes to the design and creation of a headstone to honour your loved one.
We also realise that it can be difficult knowing where to begin.
With a vast range of styles, materials, inscription fonts and detailing options to choose from, as well as cemetery rules to abide by, our friendly and attentive team of memorial experts are here to help guide you through the memorial headstone selection process.
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Choosing The Right Headstone
A headstone and its engraved epitaph will encapsulate your loved one’s personality, allowing you to honour and remember them as you see fit. Our dedicated team of skilled memorial stonemasons can design and create a wide variety of headstones, with each expertly crafted with care and compassion.
Our vast range of headstone designs coupled with our bespoke memorial craftsmanship provides the perfect way to preserve the memory of a loved one.
For over 200 years, we at Mossfords have served families across South Wales and beyond with memorial showrooms in Cardiff and Cwmbran, from where we offer our expertise and quality memorial services.
If you would like to learn more about our headstones or discuss a bespoke headstone design in more detail, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.
Headstone Materials And Colours
Our headstones are available in a variety of materials and finishes, with certain materials offered in an extensive range of colours and shades.
Each headstone material has its unique benefits – be it aesthetic appeal, durability, or minimal maintenance that is required.
Please note that these material and colour examples should be used as a guide only.
The high quality materials that we use are naturally sourced materials, therefore we can expect each headstone to be unique with a colour, shade and pattern that slightly differs to the next.
Popular Headstone Materials:
Forest of Dean Stone
Popular Headstone Colours:
We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the headstone 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.
Yellow (York Stone)
We’re Here To Compassionately Discuss Your Headstone Requirements
Book an appointment to learn more about our headstones and other memorials by contacting us today.
Fine Craft Etching For Headstones
Add character, personality and something truly unique and special to a headstone with a detailed fine craft etching of any image or photograph.
Why Choose Us For Your Headstone?
1. Established memorial masons since 1821
2. Unrivalled craftsmanship & ability to create bespoke gravestones
3. Over 200 years industry experience
4. Our 30 years memorial guarantee
5. Our Price Promise
6. BRAMM accredited
7. Vast selection of materials, colours & styles
8. Our Aftercare Services – Memorial Maintenance, Insurance etc.
9. Home Visit or Collection Service available
Headstone Installation Services
Once your headstone is designed and crafted by our team of memorial stonemasons, the next step is to have the headstone professionally installed onto the grave.
With extensive knowledge of cemeteries in Cardiff, Cwmbran, and surrounding areas of South Wales, we’re well positioned to offer expert advice and guidance with regards to which types of gravestone are suitable for certain cemeteries and churchyards across the South Wales region.
Our professional headstone installation service allows you to relax in the knowledge that your memorial of choice is carefully installed to the highest possible standard.
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Home Visit or Collection Service
We understand that it may be difficult for some customers to attend our memorial showroom, so to help address this we offer our Home Visit Service and our Collection Service.
These services help ensure all customers have the opportunity to browse our vast gravestone options while discussing all details with one of our expert advisors.
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We also offer a wide range of memorial services, from memorial installation and insurance through to memorial maintenance and restoration.
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West Cardiff Showroom
473 – 475 Cowbridge Road West
Tel: 0800 093 83 77
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 12 pm via appointment only
Central Cardiff Showroom
Fairoak Road, Cathays
Tel: 029 2023 2011
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat: via appointment only
24 Victoria Street
Tel: 01633 549 310
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat: via appointment only
How Do I Choose A Headstone?
With such a variety of headstones to choose from, we understand the selection may feel overwhelming at first.
Many of our customers find that requesting to download our brochure is a great place to start as this provides plenty of headstone styles, materials, and examples to help narrow down your memorial search.
Browsing headstones at your local cemetery and online, or simply booking an appointment to speak through your options in detail with one of our advisors and to view them in person will also help you come to a suitable decision when considering your headstone options.
What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?
When searching for a reputable memorial stonemason company there are many things to consider.
Research their monumental stonemasonry experience, accreditations, craftsmanship, quality of product, and knowledge of the specific cemetery you are purchasing a headstone for. It is also incredibly important to ensure that you feel both confident and comfortable on a personal level while working with your stonemasons to design and create your memorial.
Furthermore, you will be expected to pay a deposit when you place your order, meaning it’s vital that you have complete confidence in the memorial stonemasons ability to complete the memorial in your local memorial ground and remain in business so that you don’t end up in the unfortunate position of losing your deposit.
Choosing to go direct to an experienced and well established memorial mason rather than through an agent (such as a funeral director or other middle provider) will also allow you to communicate directly with the masons who are carving your memorial and may potentially help you avoid any additional costs that may have otherwise been involved, such as commissions or extra charges a “middle-party” may apply.
Ultimately, you will benefit from peace of mind by choosing a long established memorial stonemason with a good reputation.
Can You Help Me Choose A Headstone?
We can certainly go through your options in great detail to help you reach a decision on which headstone you should choose. We can highlight the benefits of different materials, show you a variety of styles that meet your requirements, and discuss the range of colours and detailing options that are available for each particular headstone.
What Is The Best Material For A Headstone?
The best material to use depends on your choice of headstone, the lettering, carving requirements, colour, tone, texture, and location. We offer all of the popular headstone materials that you’d expect from any memorial stonemason, including granite, slate, limestone, york stone, and more.
How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Headstone?
Most cemeteries request that you wait at least 6-12 months before erecting a headstone so that the ground has time to settle following a burial.
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Timescales differ between cemeteries and also tend to differ between memorial type – for example, a cemetery may request a wait of 6-12 months before a headstone can be installed and erected, while they may allow a cremation memorial to be installed immediately.
If you’re unsure, our qualified and highly experienced staff can advise and guide you through this process.
Other than that, there is no set time that you should wait before placing a headstone on a grave – it is all down to you and when you feel ready. People often find it is a good idea to not rush the process, as time can help you better decide on the headstone itself as well as the inscription.
Can I Choose A Headstone That Isn’t In Your Brochure?
In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate headstone designs. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help.
How Long Does It Take For A Headstone To Be Made?
The design and creation of a headstone and inscription is a highly skilled process, so we can expect it to take some time before a headstone is complete following the order – certainly several weeks, and perhaps months. The timeframe will also depend on the current demand, so for a more accurate answer you will be best served asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time at the time of order.
Can I Add Something To An Existing Headstone?
Yes, you can certainly add something to an existing headstone. This could be a special design or etching, or an additional inscription or change of font. Whatever it may be, we can discuss your requirements and confirm what headstone amendments can be carried out.
What Is The Average Cost Of A Headstone?
The truth is, there really is no accurate average cost of a headstone. This is because each headstone is unique, and the cost will vary based on the material and headstone type. For an accurate quote, we would advise you contact a representative so that we can take the specific details you require beforehand.
One thing we can confirm upfront is our price promise – we are confident that our prices are the most competitive around and offer a discount should a customer find the same quality product elsewhere, so long as it’s supplied by a recognised and reputable memorial mason or funeral director.
Can I Pre-Order A Headstone?
Yes, you can make prior arrangements for the purchase of a headstone so that your wishes, or those of a loved one, are carried out exactly as requested. Many people choose their headstone in advance to lighten the burden that is placed on children, family members and close friends once they have passed.
Do You Offer A Guarantee?
Yes, all our headstones and other memorials come with an unbeatable 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 200 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1821.
Can I See Proofs Of The Headstone First?
We can send you several proofs of what the headstone will look like before proceeding with the creation. If you don’t approve of the design, we can re-work the layout or style to meet your needs.
Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?
We can and have shipped headstones overseas many times, but you must be aware that there are of course additional costs incurred with overseas shipping, such as specialist packaging, insurance, and duty.