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How do you mark the loss of a loved one?

It is always difficult to memorialise a life lived, whether long or short, full of achievements or a life less ordinary. The connections and relationships that have been and the memories that we have will always endure. Creating a fitting tribute that will last a lifetime can seem like a daunting task. A headstone is a lasting monument and a tribute to a person’s life, perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved, so it is important to choose it carefully. We at S. Stibbards & Sons can offer a wealth of guidance and advice based on our long experience of crafting beautiful memorials that will stand the test of time. We will ensure that the memorial you chose will be a reflection of your loved one that is individual to you and them.

A rich heritage steeped in tradition…..

We have been established since 1867, this means that we as a company were looking after families within our communities before many of the local burial grounds were even in existence. Being there from the start means that we have an intimate knowledge of each churchyard, cemetery and burial ground within our locality. It is this unique knowledge that allows us to offer you the very best advice and guidance to ensure that you make the right choice. Using materials of the highest quality and drawing on both traditional and modern techniques our craftsmen will take your vision and produce a memorial that will be a source of remembrance and commemoration for generations to come. We can offer a range of elegant and distinctive memorials, in traditional and contemporary designs, fashioned by hand from the finest granite, limestone and marble. We are able to supply all types of memorials and carry out all the formalities with Cemetery and Church Authorities on your behalf. We also undertake restoration work and the addition of new inscriptions to existing memorials.

An Artisan Approach to Memorials

As our client your thoughts and input into the design of the memorial are important. We understand that your ideas may not be fully complete. We will listen to you thoughts and aspirations for the memorial, we understand that designing a lasting tribute may take, days, weeks or even months. Designing a memorial can be a deeply reflective process and at times upsetting but it can also be immensely rewarding and healing, we will be with you every step of the way.

Our Partner

We are proud to work with Odlings Memorials, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of memorials to the funeral industry. Established in 1870 Odlings Ltd are manufacturers and importers of high quality memorials to the Monumental trade, supplying Granite, Marble and Stone sourced from the UK and around the world.

Odlings are specialists in the production of truly personalised memorials, their
innovative and creative designs created by a team of multi-award winning craftsmen and women set the standard in the trade. All images are reproduced with the kind permission of Odlings MCR.

Below is a brief guide to the regulations that are applicable in our local burial grounds and the type of memorial that is allowed In each. We will be able to give you more comprehensive advice if you have any questions.


Materials Allowed
Limestone’s i.e., Crown Stone, Nabrasine & Slate

Types of Memorial
Lawn Memorials & Miniature Ashes Memorials


All local churchyards are governed by regulations laid down by the Diocese of Chelmsford. Memorials sited in churchyards must be in keeping with the churchyard and convey the Christian message of hope and resurrection. Familiar references such as ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Nan’ are not acceptable as is most artwork and photo plaques. Any artwork must be in keeping with the Christian belief and memorials must be of a simple design, book type memorials carved in relief are not permitted.

Although slight variation is allowed dependent on the individual interpretation of the regulations, an application must be submitted to the present incumbent of the church for consideration by the parish council. A decision will then be made on the suitability of any inscription or design of memorial.


All the cemeteries allow a vast range of materials and individual interpretation to be used in the creation of memorials. Although the size of the memorial may vary slightly from cemetery to cemetery the design is very much left to the individual client. Many forms of artwork, wording and the use of photo plaques are allowed to truly personalise the memorial.

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