Monumental stonemasons – Burslem, a thriving business creating memorials large and small

20th November

Tucked away on the road between Bells Yew Green and Frant, monumental stonemasons since 1880, Burslem has established a reputation for the highest quality finished products and customer care. They have nearly 140 years of experience providing and restoring memorials for generations of families across the south east of England and larger memorials for clients in the UK and internationally. The company was featured on Country File in a special programme marking 100 years since the end of the World War One.

Filming in 2018 for BBC Country File

Recently, as many gathered around war memorials to honour the fallen from both world wars, there is a chance that the memorial or one similar was created by Burslem. Their memorials are enduring pieces, finished to an extremely high standard and made from a wide range of stones including granite, marble, limestone, sandstone and slate. Headstones, commemorative plaques, War Memorials and other projects are all finished to the highest standards. They are all unique commissions which are installed in churchyards and cemeteries across the South East and abroad.

Hollingbourne war memorial

” We are very proud of our heritage of producing and maintaining War Memorials and public monuments. Burslem’s expert craftsmanship is on display around the world, including the 350 name panels on The Menin Gate in Ypres.  We have been commissioned to design and supply many monuments locally including the new war memorial in Tonbridge, Kent and the design and reinstatement of the West Malling Royal Airforce base, RAF Detling Memorial, New Rotherfield War Memorials and memorial stones at Kings Hill. ” David Hall, Managing Director, Burslem.

Family work constitutes an important part of the business. Whether people want a memorial from the brochure or to discuss specific, bespoke design requirements, they have a friendly team who work with their clients through every step of the process. At such a time, it is important to be guided sensitively through the relevant memorial regulations, options and costs involved to provide the most appropriate memorial for individual clients, that will be a fitting way of remembering departed loved ones.

Burslem have an easy to access showroom based in Frant, near Tunbridge Wells. Customers are very much encouraged to come and see the team in person to discuss the family ideas and view their work . The showroom is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. No appointment is necessary – just pop in at a convenient time for you. Their beautiful, rural location is easily reached from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Crowborough and surrounding villages including Mayfield, Heathfield, Horam, Burwash and Battle.

Remembering a keen gardener

Their skilled craftsmen, some of whom have been working for the company for over twenty years, work on site creating beautiful memorials in an extensive variety of shapes and forms, from simple tablets to complex classical detailing.  They can carve lettering in a wide range of styles by hand using traditional techniques or by machine as best meets clients’ needs.   They can produce a selection of add-ons from bespoke pictorial carvings and etchings to photo plaques, bronze insignia and flower vases – everything needed to complete the perfect memorial.

Another service offered is the cleaning and restoration of memorials and Burslem are specialists in this area; they can offer competitive estimates for a wide range of work including refurbishing inscribed lettering, re-building or enhancement works  and adding a new inscription to a memorial. A sensitive specialist clean using non-chemical cleaning, can cost less than you might think. With prices starting at around £100 + VAT the treatment will transform a neglected headstone.

Before and after restoration

Find out more about the services at Burslem on: 01892 7501 or