Slate, although less common than sandstone or limestone, has been used for memorials and headstones throughout Britain for centuries. At McMillan Memorials each new commission often represents a road trip to the Welsh quarries where we select the slate stone on its merits to fulfil the criteria of our client’s commission. This can range from the clean lines and minimalistic dignity of a traditional Churchyard slate headstone, to the sourcing of a stone selected for its individual rugged charm with sharp angles and artistic proportions. Whatever the circumstance, slate is a joy to work with in lettering, as a slate letter is sharp and crisp and this traditional headstone material connects the memorial mason with that sense of continuation within the memorial masonry traditions.
Slate is a fine-grained, metamorphic rock derived originally from sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash. It comes predominantly in greys, blues and purple reds. Slate memorial plaques or gravestones are long lasting, durable testaments that offer a fitting tribute wether it be at home on a hill side or nestled within a Cemetery or Church yard.