March 30, 2021      < Back to blog menu


Which Material Is Best For A Headstone?

There are many considerations to be made in the process of choosing a memorial. Finding the right material for a headstone is an important decision to be made as early as possible in the process. However, with so many options available, it can be hard to know which material is the best for a headstone.

A headstone is built to be a long-lasting tribute to a well-loved person, so finding a durable material that will stand the test of time is crucial. Here at Ursells of Ross, all of our materials are suitable for long-term use in the UK climate. We work closely with a number of cemeteries in Ross on Wye, Hereford and Monmouth, and we offer a selection of different stones that are ideal for these burial spots. However, each stone has different properties to consider before any decision is made.

Below are some of the most popular stones we work with:


Granite is the most popular choice for a headstone due to its hardwearing properties. Granite is a tough, durable stone that will maintain its appearance for decades. It comes available in a range of beautiful finishes, including Star Galaxy, Blue Pearl and Emerald Pearl, although classic Black Granite is the most common choice for a memorial. Quality granite can be carved into intricate designs by skilled stonemasons, and granite headstones are also relatively low cost compared to some other materials.



Another popular choice for headstones, marble is known for its beautifully elegant finish. White marble features black, grey, or blue veins of colour running through it, and can be intricately carved into almost any design. However, marble headstones can become weathered over time by the mild acid found in rainwater, which can leave the inscriptions somewhat illegible. It is also a more expensive choice than other stones.



There are many different types of limestone that are suitable as a headstone material, but Grey Portland Limestone is the most popular choice. Its distinctive finish and versatility meant it was commonly used for traditional headstones. As with marble, limestone headstones can also weather over time due to the mild acid in rainwater. This can produce a faded appearance and leave the inscription difficult to read. A limestone headstone will still last for decades though, providing a long-lasting tribute to a departed loved one.


Welsh Slate

Slate is a popular choice for headstones thanks to its high quality and attractive texture. We use locally sourced Welsh Slate, due to its high performance in outdoor conditions. Welsh Slate is resistant to weather elements, ensuring the headstone will retain its beauty for decades to come. Welsh Slate headstones can also be carved more intricately than some other stones due to its close-grained composition.


Here at Ursells, we work with a variety of quality natural materials to offer an impressive selection of memorials. We primarily provides headstones in Ross on Wye, Hereford, Monmouth and the surrounding areas, but our memorials have been known to travel nationally and even internationally. Our skilled family advisors can help you to decide on the best material for your headstone, using their years of expertise to advise you correctly.


Certain cemeteries will have restrictions on what headstone materials they allow. We have years of experience working with cemeteries in Ross on Wye and nearby, including Hereford Cemetery, Monmouth Cemetery and Leominster Cemetery, and can advise you on the regulations of each individual burial space. Contact us today to find out more about the right material for your headstone.