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Upright headstones are a popular choice for those seeking a meaningful and timeless memorial that pays tribute in the most fitting way.

At Mossfords, our skilled team of memorial masons can craft and engrave any upright headstone design to honour the memory of your loved one.

We offer a range of pre-made designs to choose from or we can work with you to create a bespoke design that perfectly captures your loved one’s life and legacy just as you see fit.

Our dedication to craftsmanship and attention to detail ensure that your upright memorial will be a fitting tribute that lasts for generations.

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Choosing An Upright Headstone

The symbol of an upright headstone has a long-standing significance in many cultures, representing respect, remembrance, and legacy.

Upright headstones have become an incredibly popular choice throughout many centuries for all who want to honour the memory of a loved one.

At Mossfords, we offer a wide range of upright headstone designs. Our experienced team of memorial designers and masons can also work with you to create a bespoke design that perfectly reflects your loved one’s personality, ensuring a fitting and lasting tribute.

A black granite upright headstone in a cemetery

Upright Headstone Materials & Colours

Our upright 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 Upright Headstone Materials:


Black granite upright headstone material

White Marble

White marble upright headstone material


Sandstone material for upright headstones


Limestone material for upright shaped headstones

Portland Stone

Portland Stone upright headstone material

Nabresina Stone

Nabresina stone upright headstone material

York Stone

York stone upright headstone material

Forest of Dean Stone

Forest of Dean stone upright headstone material

Welsh Slate

Honed Welsh slate material for upright headstones

Popular Upright 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.


Black granite upright headstone colour

Bahama Blue

Bahama blue upright headstone colour


Pink granite upright headstone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

Yellow york stone upright headstone colour

Light Grey

Light grey upright headstone colour

Blue Pearl

Blue pearl upright headstone colour

Emerald Pearl

Emerald pearl upright headstone colour


White sandstone upright headstone colour

Dark Grey

Dark grey upright headstone colour

Ruby Red

Ruby red granite upright headstone colour

Fir Green

Fir green upright headstone material

White Marble

White marble upright headstone colour

Avon Grey

Avon grey upright headstone material

Balmoral Red

Balmoral red granite upright headstone colour

Imperial Green

Imperial green upright headstone material

Star Galaxy

Star galaxy upright headstone colour

Twilight Red

Twilight red upright headstone colour

Ocean Green

Ocean green upright headstone colour


Brown granite upright headstone colour


Teak upright headstone colour

Tropical Green

Tropical green upright headstone colour
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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 any bespoke upright headstone with a detailed fine craft etching of any image or photograph.

Fine craft etching of an angel on a granite headstone

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

Mossfords Memorial Masons 30 year guarantee, price promise & BRAMM accreditation

Upright Headstone Installation Services

Once our team of skilled memorial stonemasons has designed and crafted your upright headstone, we offer professional installation services for your chosen burial site.

As experts in the South Wales region, we possess extensive knowledge of the cemeteries and churchyards in Cardiff, Cwmbran, and surrounding areas. This allows us to provide expert guidance on the most appropriate types of upright headstones for each location.

Our professional headstone installation service guarantees that your treasured upright memorial will be installed with utmost care and expertise, ensuring a fitting tribute that will stand the test of time for many generations to come.

Mossfords Memorial Masons headstone installation service in Cardiff & Cwmbran

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.

Learn More About Our Memorial Services

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

Mossfords memorial showroom in Cardiff

473 – 475 Cowbridge Road West

Tel: 0800 093 83 77
Email: info@mossfords.com

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat – By appointment only
Sun – Closed


Central Cardiff Showroom

Old image of mossfords memorial showroom in Cardiff

Fairoak Road, Cathays
CF24 4YA

Tel: 029 2023 2011
Email: cathays@mossfords.com

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat – By appointment only
Sun – Closed

Cwmbran Showroom

Mossfords memorial showroom in Cwmbran

24 Victoria Street
Old Cwmbran
NP44 3JS

Tel: 01633 549 310
Email: cwmbran@mossfords.com

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat – By appointment only
Sun – Closed

Porthcawl Showroom

Mossfords Porthcawl branch

Pyle Road, Nottage
CF36 5TB

Tel: 01656 783 270
Email: porthcawl@mossfords.com

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat – By appointment only
Sun – Closed

Upright Headstones FAQs

How Do I Choose An Upright Headstone?

With a wide selection of upright headstone designs, styles, and materials to choose from, many customers turn to us for assistance and advice in finding the perfect memorial for their loved one.

Our brochure serves as an excellent starting point, showcasing various upright headstone styles, materials, and options to help you narrow down your search. If you have a specific upright headstone design in mind, whether it’s a concept you’ve created or an image you’ve seen online, our experienced headstone design team and skilled memorial stonemasons can bring your vision to life.

Browsing upright headstones at your local cemetery or online, or scheduling an appointment to meet with one of our advisors to view and discuss them in person, can significantly aid you in making an informed decision when considering headstone options to honour and cherish the memory of your loved one.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standards.

Can You Help Me Choose An Upright Headstone?

We would be delighted to have a thorough conversation with you regarding your options, to help you decide which upright headstone would be the most suitable for your requirements. Our team can guide you through the benefits of different materials, showcase various vertical memorial styles and designs that align with your preferences, and clarify the range of engraving and detailing options that are available for each individual headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Headstone?

When choosing the perfect material for your headstone, there are several factors to consider, such as the style, lettering, carving specifications, colour, texture, and location. Here at Mossfords we specialise in creating memorials from various natural stones so we can provide a diverse assortment of popular headstone materials like granite, slate, limestone, and york stone, among others. If you’re seeking an upright headstone in a specific colour, granite is often the top choice due to its extensive range of hues and shades. However, it’s crucial to verify if your cemetery has any rules concerning acceptable headstone colours.

Are Upright Headstones Available In Different Colours?

We provide a selection of colours for our upright shaped headstones, including a variety of shades and hues available in our granite material.

Opting for a coloured upright headstone can be a personal and meaningful way to pay tribute to a loved one, whether by selecting a granite in their favorite colour or to add a unique touch to their memorial.

However, it’s important to be aware that cemeteries and churchyards may have specific regulations regarding the permissible colours of headstones on their premises. We suggest verifying with the cemetery or churchyard before making a final decision on the colour of your upright headstone.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting An Upright Headstone?

Choosing a headstone to commemorate a loved one can be a difficult and emotional task. Therefore, we recommend taking ample time to carefully consider your options and create a tribute that appropriately honors their life. There is no set timeline for making this decision, and we encourage you to take as much time as you need to arrive at a choice that feels right for you and your family.

From a technical perspective, to ensure the stability of the headstone and prevent any potential damage, cemeteries generally recommend waiting for 6-12 months after burial before erecting a headstone. This allows the ground to settle correctly and reduces the risk of the headstone sinking or tilting over time. It’s always advisable to verify with the specific cemetery you plan to use for any regulations or guidelines they may have concerning headstone installation.

Read: Learn More About Grave Settling

It’s worth bearing in mind that the waiting time before installing a memorial can vary depending on the cemetery and the type of memorial you choose. For instance, some cemeteries may require a waiting period of 6-12 months before allowing an upright headstone to be installed, while the same cemetery may permit the installation of a cremation memorial immediately.

If you’re uncertain about the specific requirements of a cemetery in Cardiff, Cwmbran, or nearby areas, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can offer advice and guidance to help you navigate the process.

Ultimately, the decision of when to install a headstone on a grave is a personal one, and there is no prescribed time frame. It’s essential to take the time you need to feel ready to honour your loved one in the way that feels most appropriate to you. Rushing the process may not allow you to make the best decision on the upright headstone itself, as well as the engraved inscription.

Taking your time can often help you arrive at the most fitting choice.

Can I Choose An Upright Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

Typically, we can craft a personalised upright gravestone design to fulfill your particular requests. Our stonemasons who specialise in creating memorials possess exceptional skills and extensive experience. Thus, if you share with us an image or explanation of the design you envision, we will make every effort to assist you. We recognize that upright headstones are frequently favoured and that you may prefer an extraordinary design that distinguishes itself or resembles an upright gravestone that you admired elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Make An Upright Headstone?

Crafting a headstone, whether it takes the form of a standard upright design or any other, and etching its inscription necessitates a considerable amount of expertise. Consequently, producing your upright headstone order may take some time, usually spanning several weeks or even months. The precise duration depends on variables like the current demand for our services and ongoing orders, as well as the availability of the stone materials your memorial requires. Therefore, we advise requesting an updated estimated lead time while placing your order to obtain a more precise answer.

Can I Add Something To An Existing Upright Headstone?

Without a doubt, you can make alterations or additions to an already existing upright headstone. These modifications might include adding a unique design, an engraved feature, or an additional inscription with a different font or text. We would be honoured to have a conversation with you about your preferences and offer details about the available amendments that can be made to the headstone.

What Is The Average Cost Of An Upright Headstone?

It’s challenging to estimate the cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is a simple upright design or something more bespoke. This is due to the fact that every headstone is unique, and the price is determined by various factors such as size, inscription, type of headstone, and ever-changing material costs, rather than just the labour required to craft it. To obtain an accurate quote, we suggest speaking with a representative who can consider your specific requirements at the time.

Nevertheless, we guarantee that our prices are highly competitive, and we provide a price promise. If you discover a product of comparable quality from a recognised and reputable local memorial mason or funeral director at a lower cost, we will offer a discount on the price.

Do You Offer A Guarantee?

Yes, we offer an unbeatable 30-year guarantee on all our headstones and other memorials.

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 Upright Headstone First?

Prior to production, we can supply you with design proofs of the upright headstone. In the event that you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the design, we can modify the layout or style until it aligns with your specifications. We recognise the importance of crafting the perfect upright headstone for you and your loved one and are dedicated to collaborating with you closely throughout the entire process.

Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?

We do possess expertise in shipping headstones internationally, but please keep in mind that overseas shipping entails additional costs, such as specialised protective packaging, insurance, and customs fees.