Expert advice for older headstones needing attention, and adding inscriptions to them

Graham Walker is our expert Headstone Consultant with 40 years experience in all aspect of stonemasonry (please see our New Headstones webpage).

If we are looking after your headstone from a funeral carried out

If as part of a funeral arrangement with us we have a headstone in our care, we will be in touch within a few weeks to ask you if you would like a no-obligation quote to update and possibly renovate a headstone depending on its condition.

If we haven’t helped you with a funeral but you would still like us to help

If we haven’t helped with your previous funeral arrangement, that’s no problem, we can still help.

How much do new inscriptions cost to an existing headstone?

Costs are based on the condition of the headstone, and/or the type of lettering, plus there is a permit fee payable to the cemetery which often depends on residency.  Often additional lettering plus the permit fee is largely priced under £500 total.

Do I have permission to request work to be done to an existing headstone?

You have to be the grave owner to make the request, and we can provide advice on how to change grave ownership if the grave owner has passed away.

I’d like the headstone cleaned and repaired too

Cleaning and renovation is by quotation, and usually under £500 total.  No permit is needed.

Do you have a photograph of the headstone?

It’s helpful if you could email us a photograph of the headstone you’d like to add to or improve to memorials@hwfunerals.co.uk.

How to get in contact with Graham Walker, Expert Headstone Consultant

Please call Graham on 020 8501 1735 to make an appointment to visit him at

Hainault & Chigwell Funeral Home, 45 New North Road, Hainault IG6 2UE,

at the Maypole end of New North Road (there’s a phone box outside),

or any other of our funeral homes in Collier Row, Harold Wood and Harold Hill.