Last Updated: 2 August 2021

We give advice on how to choose and apply for a gravestone. As a grave owner you have responsibilities to maintain a grave so it is safe for all visitors and people working in the cemetery. We also run a scheme to help monumental masons establish a uniform standard of workmanship and working practices throughout all of our cemeteries.

Putting up a headstone

A natural stone memorial is an enduring commemoration. It's important to make a careful decision about the design material and manufacturer.

It is a good idea to look at the options first, perhaps by looking at existing memorials in the cemetery. There is no minimum time before you can place a memorial but it is best to give six months for the ground to settle.

Apart from encouraging the use of local slate (or very similar material) in the Lakes cemeteries, we try not to restrict design and material. Our Cemetery Regulations (PDF 247KB / 11 pages) give details on what you can and can't do.

To make sure headstones are safe we restrict the types of foundations and fixings used.

All memorials need to be fixed by a Monumental Mason registered with us. This ensures they are qualified and insured to be working within the cemeteries and that they keep to our regulations and to industry best practice.

Apply for a memorial

A Memorial Mason will guide you through the application process which includes confirming the rightful owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial, discussing your choices and completing the necessary forms.

The mason will submit the application and pay the relevant fee on your behalf. When we have checked the application, we will issue a permit for the mason to place the stone.

All memorials must have the grave number engraved visibly. When a memorial is taken in for additional work, the number must be added if it is not already present. All headstones must be fixed or re-fixed using a NAMM approved ground anchor system, identified by an asterisk (*) after the grave number. Every memorial must be installed to at least the standards of the current NAMM Code of Working Practice.

Cemetery fees and charges

Memorial application form (PDF 776KB / 2 pages)

Responsibilities of memorial owners

If we identify a risk we have a responsibility under health and safety legislation to reduce that risk. This may involve removing items from the cemetery. 

Grave owners have to maintain the grave and ensure that it complies with our memorial regulations. Things that can be a hazzard or cause an issue include:

  • glass flower holders or unsightly containers
  • glass cases or globes 
  • shrubs plants or flowers
  • no new kerbstones or grave surround or chippings

It is important that our record of grave owners is kept up to date. If you are a grave owner please let us know about any change of address.

Registered Monumental Masons

The memorial mason registration scheme aims to establish a uniform standard of workmanship and working practices in our cemeteries. We aim to identify and promote the best practice of the industry by all registered masons.

The scheme sets standards for:

  • the installation, repair and maintenance of memorials
  • insurance cover
  • health and safety and administrative requirements
Monumental Masons registered with the scheme
Business name Business address Telephone contact
Able Memorials 1 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN 01539 735 583
Little and Caine trading as Mossop Monumental Masons Ltd, Rogans Masonry Services Ltd 48 Ulverston Road, Dalton-in-Furness, LA15 8EF 01229 462 714 and 01229 822 358  
Parkin and Jackson 14 Appleby Road, Kendal, LA9 6ES 01539 722 838
Quality Headstones trading as RGR Memorials, W T Drage and Sons, Little Angels 4 World Farm Park, Broughton Road, Northampton, NN6 9RH 01604 780 045

How to join the Monumental Registration Scheme

Before completing the application form, read the memorial mason registration scheme guidance notes.

Memorial Mason registration scheme and application form (PDF 230KB / 11 pages)