Simon Langsdale Letter Carver

Hand Carved Headstones

The Forge Hertford Rd, Welwyn, AL6 0BU Directions

Tel 07701 027042
   Open today 08:30 - 17:30

Business overview

Hand carved memorials, benches, bird baths, stones for gardens, house signs etc.

I believe that memorials should reflect the character and personality of the people they are commemorating. I carefully consult with my clients and create designs that make a fitting commemoration to their loved ones.

I draw my letters, based on my training as a calligrapher and by years of looking at and studying hand made lettering. My lettering is cut by hand using the traditional tools of the craft, the letter carvers' dummy and chisel.

My clients are always welcome to visit my workshop to discuss requirements or see work in progress and I can visit clients at home.

Once I have received a commission I make a design which can be amended as necessary until the completed design is arrived at. I then submit the design to the relevant authority for approval. The stone is then ordered and once it has been carved I also arrange for the memorial to be fixed in place.

I also make benches, bird baths, standing stones, house signs and house numbers.

Please contact me for a free no obligation quotation.


This memorial was completed in August 2017 and is in St Peter's church yard Roydon, Essex. It is on Jordan base bed Portland stone, the best quality Portland stone. The type and the shape of the stone were chosen so that the memorial would have a resemblance to a Commonwealth War Grave headstone.
This memorial was completed in February 2017 and is on riven Cumbrian green slate from Honister. It is in Widford church yard, Hertfordshire.
This memorial is on Woodkirk York stone and was completed in February 2017. It is in Standon Church yard, Hertfordshire.
This memorial is on Woodkirk York stone.
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This memorial is on riven Cumbrian Green slate.
On riven Welsh black slate.
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On Welsh black slate.
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Bench on Woodkirk York stone.
On riven Welsh heather blue slate.
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On York stone.
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Bird bath on Welsh riven heather blue slate.
On Welsh riven slate.

Products & Services

Restoration on war memorials, house signs, benches



pet memorial services

stone carving

letter carving courses

letter design


A job well done.

Simon is a fine craftsman. He is easy to work with, produced a clear and elegant design for the headstone, carved it beautifully, and made sure it was placed correctly in the churchyard. I would recommend his work.
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Great Workmanship

Simon carved a headstone for my parents grave. He organised everything from the stone to liaising with the vicar. All was done extremely efficiently and in a very sympathetic manner - all of which helped hugely at a very emotional time for all the family. On top of all this he also made an exceptional job of the headstone!
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After a serious search for a headstone for my beloved husband I couldn't recommend your superb craftsmanship and professionalism more,
Your ability to source the correct materials & carving skills are second to none,
You have created a fitting memorial for my family and I to admire for generations to come

Kindest regards
Brenda Morrison & family
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Personal & Professional Service

My Testimonial

Buying a head stone is a sad time so getting that personal touch is very important in making the whole process as hassle free as possible. Simon deals with the authorities so you don’t have to do anything. He even arranged a mutual time for the fitting of the stone so I could be there when it was installed.

I went to Simon not really knowing what I wanted – he guided me with kindness and compassion. He helped me choose the type of stone, the words and even came up with a suggestion of an engraved anchor as my Dad was a naval man.

He then made a design on paper before I committing to any costs.

Simon hand craves everything and the quality of his work is outstanding.
My Dad’s stone was so personal to my Dad and the best stone in the graveyard.

If you use Simon to hand engrave your headstone you will not be disappointed – he is professional but at the same time never forgets to give that personal touch.

Claire Lewis
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Commissioning a headstone

It can be a difficult thing to commission a headstone so you want the experience to be as good as possible. I took time to decide on the type of stone I wanted, the sort of lettering, to go on it, the arrangement of the lettering and this all took a long time. Simon was extremely helpful, patient and understanding and I would recommend him to anyone wanting a hand-cut, unique headstone for a loved one.
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