Memorial Stone Sundials – The Chatsworth
Memorial Stone Sundial. Keeping cremated ashes in a garden sculpture is a fantastic idea. This Chatsworth inspired stone memorial sundial is simple, elegant and timeless. You can choose either Portland or York stone. Each sundial is handmade by British craftsmen here in the UK.
If you chose a memorial stone sundial it will be a beautiful focal point for your garden. The traditional design is very clever, you can let others know that ashes are inside or not, it’s up to you. The urn is held securely within the structure, you can choose whether you tell people or just admire it yourself. Another benefit is that it comes apart so that if you ever need to move house you can bring it with you.
Height 81 cm x Width 51 cm x Depth 51 cm (32″ x 20” x 20″)
Capacity: will hold a standard ashtainer (240 cubic inches) containing a full set of adult ashes
Choice of Stone
Portland stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. The quarries consist of beds of white-grey limestone separated by chert beds
York stone is a variety of sandstone, it tight grained, carboniferous sedimentary rock. It consists of quartz, mica, feldspar, clay and iron oxides.
The memorial stone sundial comes with an antique brass sundial as standard, or you can choose a bright brass sundial for a small extra charge.
Or you can choose to have a handmade sundial that is available in a choice of brass or slate and will be calibrated to your postcode for a more accurate measurement of the sun’s shadow.
You can inscribe your handmade sundials just let us know what you would like when we confirm your order.
We will send you your sundial with a sealant. As soon as you have placed your loved one’s ashes into the central column you simply apply the sealant and place the sundial on top securing the ashes safely inside.
Keeping the ashes
Many people keep their loved one’s ashes at home, some because they are not sure what to do with them. Some because they are not yet ready to do something with them. And some simply want to keep them close by, in the house.
Sometimes, very well meaning, friends will give advice such as ‘it’s time to move on’ or ‘you’ll feel better if you scatter/bury them’. But only you will know how you feel with the loss of your loved one and only you will know when and if the time is right to do something else with the ashes.
Keeping ashes in the garden
We are a nation of gardeners and lots of people would love to be placed to rest in the garden that they loved, nurtured and enjoyed. The main downside to burying the ashes in the garden is having to move house. If you ever have to sell your house you will have to find and dig the ashes up or leave them behind. This can be stressful for all involved. But if you keep them inside an ornament in the garden you get the best of both worlds. Your loved one’s ashes are in the place that they loved, and if you do ever need to move home you can simply take them with you.
The other benefit of a memorial garden ornament is that it is completely discreet. This will give you more time to decide what you want to do as your feelings may change over time. Until then these urns can keep the ashes safely at home without you having to explain your reasons to anyone, if someone admires the keepsake it is up to you whether you tell them or not.
Due to the shape and size there is no need to secure the memorial stone sundial to the ground, it is made of four sections the middle pedestal is hollowed to hold the urn.
If required we will supply a correctly sized urn free of charge. The sundial is fixed in place with a epoxy glue, these are shipped separately.
Delivery: Due to the weight of these sundials the price excludes delivery please contact us for the delivery price for a pallet to your driveway – you will need to arrange for the movement of the sundial from the driveway to your desired location in your garden.
|Estimated Pallet delivery costs*|
|South East (excl. Central London)||£65.00|
|Wales (CF, NP, HR, SY postcodes)||£61.00|
|Wales (LL postcodes)||£78.00|
|Wales (SA & LD postcodes)||£87.00|
|For Highlands and Islands please contact us for a quote|
|*please note these prices are estimates and we will provide an exact quote upon request/when an order is placed|
Please allow 10 Weeks Lead Time.