Regulations and Memorial Safety

Cemeteries and churchyard authorities have set guidelines that limit the size, nature of stone, finish, design and inscription of the memorial. We can advise you on these memorial guidelines and, prior to ordering the stone, will submit a written application to the church or cemetery office on your behalf for approval.

There is general concern about the safety of memorials in churchyards and cemeteries. There have been reported incidents caused by memorials falling onto individuals. To prevent further accidents, fixing practices have been applied that include a device that will allow the memorial to be taken apart but prevent the memorial from toppling over.  New regulations (issued in 2005) for cemeteries and churchyards now require headstones to be fixed with an anchor system approved by the National Association of Monumental Masons. A B Walker's Monumental Mason's team incorporates these devices, where appropriate, in all of their memorials. When a memorial is removed for a burial to take place often the cemetery regulations require modification for one of these devices to be fitted.