The W.S. Moore branch on Malpas Road

Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

By W.S. Moore

Discover our intricately crafted memorials, expertly shaped by master stonemasons with a legacy that traces its roots back to our founding in 1920. These tastefully designed memorials are the ideal selection for cemeteries in Newport and the nearby regions. Uncover the core of what we have in store below.

Rustic & Hand Carved Headstones

Our Range

Embracing a charming, finely hand-carved rustic aesthetic, our headstones provide a remarkable way to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of a cherished individual who has passed away.

Our team of dedicated and exceptionally skilled memorial artisans possesses the expertise to meticulously hand-carve custom rustic headstones, each adorned with intricate details and a flawless finish. While we offer a range of pre-designed rustic and hand-carved headstone options for your consideration, we take great pride in our ability to craft unique, bespoke pieces that exude individuality and distinctiveness.

It would be our privilege to contribute to the effort of immortalising the memory of your loved one through the artistry of a truly fitting rustic or hand-carved headstone.

Browse the Range

We offer the finest rustic and hand-carved headstones available to Newport and beyond. Search now for the perfect tribute to your loved one.

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See our full catalogue of the finest memorials available in Newport and beyond – plus a range of special offers to suit all requirements.

Choosing the perfect Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone

For those who are in search of a lasting tribute that truly embodies craftsmanship to honour their beloved, the choice of a rustic or hand-carved headstone emerges as an exceptionally distinguished option.

Our skilled memorial artisans have the expertise to transform any design or concept into a hand-carved masterpiece, exuding rustic charm and individual uniqueness. The outcome is a premium headstone that undeniably stands out.

With a heritage spanning over 100 years, W.S. Moore has been a steadfast companion for families across Newport and beyond. With memorial showrooms situated in Newport, we extend our proficiency and unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality memorial services.

If you desire to explore the world of rustic or hand-carved headstones further or wish to delve into the particulars of a personalised design, we encourage you to contact our friendly team without hesitation. We are here to assist you in every way possible.

rings design on granite headstone

A small selection of the upright headstones we offer

Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone Materials & Colours

Our assortment of rustic and intricately hand-carved headstones presents a wide array of materials and finishes, including specific options that encompass a rich spectrum of colors and tones.

When it comes to crafting rustic headstones, virtually any design can be transformed into reality using a variety of stone materials. These materials include robust options like granite, which is available in a captivating palette of colors.

On the other hand, the artistry of hand-carved headstones primarily finds its expression in softer stone materials, such as limestone and sandstone.

Each type of headstone material offers its distinct advantages, whether it’s an enticing visual appeal, the capacity for intricate carving, or minimal maintenance requirements that define their unique characteristics.

Popular Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone Materials

Granite cremation memorial material


Limestone cremation memorial material


York Stone cremation memorial material

York Stone

White Marble cremation memorial material

White Marble

Portland Stone cremation memorial material

Portland Stone

Forest of Dean cremation memorial material

Forest of Dean Stone

Sandstone cremation memorial material


Nabresina cremation memorial material

Nabresina Stone

Welsh Slate cremation memorial material

Welsh Slate

Popular Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone Colours

We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour


Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Light Grey

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Dark Grey

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Avon Grey

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Star Galaxy

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour


Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

Bahama Blue

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Blue Pearl

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ruby Red

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Balmoral Red

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Twilight Red

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour


Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour


Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Emerald Pearl

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Fir Green

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Imperial Green

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ocean Green

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Tropical Green

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour


White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

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Fine-Craft Etching

for Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

Enhance a rustic or hand-carved headstone by adorning it with meticulously crafted etchings of images or photographs, infusing it with character, personality, and an unparalleled sense of uniqueness.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial

Why choose us

for your Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone

  • Established memorial masons since 1920
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Over 100 years of industry experience
  • The W.S. Moore 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The W.S. Moore price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial
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Once our team of highly skilled memorial stonemasons has painstakingly designed and crafted your rustic or hand-carved headstone, the next pivotal phase involves the expert installation of the memorial at your chosen burial site.

Leveraging our extensive knowledge of the cemeteries in and around Newport, we are uniquely positioned to provide expert guidance and recommendations on the most appropriate types of rustic or hand-carved headstones for the various cemeteries and churchyards in the Newport area.

When you place your trust in us for the installation of your rustic or hand-carved headstone, you can take solace in the assurance that your selected memorial will be installed with the utmost precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial

Our services

Designed with your loved one’s

memorial in mind

Memorial Aftercare®

Our service offers a fully comprehensive maintenance solution for your loved one’s memorial, providing you with complete peace of mind that it will be thoroughly checked, cleaned, and cared for.

Memorial Insurance

With StoneGuard’s “All Risks” cover, you can rest assured that both your old and new family memorials are fully protected and insured. We guarantee that any damage to your headstone will be covered.

Memorial Restoration

At a fair price, our experienced and renowned memorial masons offer an expert stone restoration service to carefully and intricately restore your headstone to its former illustrious beauty.

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Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstone


How Do I Choose A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

With so many rustic and hand-carved headstone designs, styles and variations available, not to mention the vast range of stone materials, colours and shades to choose from, it’s no surprise that many customers come to us for guidance and advice when it comes to selecting the perfect headstone to memorialise a loved one.

Many of our customers find that requesting to download our brochure is a great place to start as this provides several rustic and hand carved headstone styles, materials, and examples to help narrow down your memorial search. Many customers approach us with a specific headstone idea in mind. This could be an idea you have formed in your head or a picture of a rustic or other hand-carved headstone design that you have seen in a cemetery or somewhere online. This is perfectly fine, so rest assured our expert headstone design team and skilled memorial stonemasons can hand-craft just about any bespoke design or idea you can think of.

Browsing rustic and hand-carved headstones at your local cemetery and online, or simply booking an appointment to speak through your options in detail with one of our advisors and to view them in person will greatly help you come to a suitable decision when considering headstone options to help honour and remember the lives of those you love.

With a wide selection of upright headstone designs, styles, and materials to choose from, many customers turn to us for assistance and advice in finding the perfect memorial for their loved one.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

Can You Help Me Choose A Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstone?

We can certainly go through your options in great detail to help you reach a decision on which rustic or hand-carved headstone you should choose. We can highlight the benefits of different soft stones that are more suited to hand carving, show you a variety of rustic headstone styles and designs that meet your requirements, and discuss the range of detailing options that are available for each particular headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Hand Carved Headstone?

The best material to use when crafting a hand carved headstone is a soft stone. Most hand carved headstones are crafted using limestone or sandstone as these stones are much softer and far easier to carve than harder stones such as granite. Which stone material you should choose will come down to the type of colour, tone, and texture that best suits your taste. The location the headstone is to be installed in should also be taken into consideration as softer stones are more prone to deteriorating faster in certain environments. That isn’t to say that certain stone materials should be immediately ruled out based on where it’ll be installed (such as underneath a tree where the memorial may be prone to falling leaves & debris during certain seasons), but that you may want to take into account the upkeep of the memorial – there are memorial aftercare services available you may want to consider to ensure the headstone is kept in the best condition possible throughout the year.  

Alternatively, we are able to offer a wide variety of rustic-inspired headstone designs that can be crafted from the more durable granite stone.

Are Rustic & Hand Carved Headstones Available In Different Colours?

Hand-carved headstones that are crafted from a softer stone, such as limestone, sandstone or slate will only be available in the natural colour of those materials – as the headstones are crafted from naturally sourced stone materials, each headstone may differ slightly from the next with its unique tone, texture and patterns.

We do offer an endless range of headstones with a rustic design that can be crafted from granite, and we can create a bespoke rustic design for you if required. As granite is available in many different colours and shades, it is possible for your granite rustic-inspired headstone to be crafted in any available colour of your choice.

A coloured rustic headstone allows one to honour their lost loved one in a way they see most fitting. Perhaps in a favourite colour, or because they want something that isn’t as sombre as the typical black or grey headstones.

Cemeteries and churchyards have different rules and regulations with regards to what they allow within their graveyards, so it’s always worth checking what their stance is with headstones of different colours and materials to ensure your rustic headstone choice won’t be rejected by them.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate any kerb set design for any grave dimensions. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help.

Can I Choose A Rustic Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate or hand-carve any headstone design. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help. Many people choose a rustic or hand-carved headstone as they want the memorial to be truly unique and different from others, so this is something we fully understand and would be more than happy to discuss with you. Alternatively, you may want us to replicate a rustic or hand-carved headstone design that you saw elsewhere and really liked and this is something we can also easily accommodate.

How Long Does It Take For A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone To Be Made?

The design and creation of any headstone, be it hand carved or machine cut, and the engraving of its inscription is a highly skilled process. This means we can expect it to take some time before any rustic or hand-carved headstone is complete following the order – certainly several weeks, and perhaps months. The timeframe will also depend on the current demand and accessibility of the stone material you choose, so for a more accurate answer you will be best served asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time at the time of order.

Can I Add Something To An Existing Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

Yes, you can certainly add something to any existing rustic or hand-carved headstone. This could be a special design or etching, or an additional inscription or change of font. Whatever it may be, we can discuss your requirements and confirm what headstone amendments can be carried out dependant on your particular memorial and the stone it has been crafted from.

What Is The Average Cost Of A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

The truth is, there really is no accurate average cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is hand carved or specifically crafted into a rustic design. This is because each headstone is unique, and the cost will vary based on the material, size, headstone type and more rather than just labour involved. For an accurate quote, we would advise you contact a representative so that we can take the specific details you require beforehand.

One thing we can confirm upfront is our price promise – we are confident that our prices are the most competitive around and offer a discount should a customer find the same quality product elsewhere, so long as it’s supplied by a recognised and reputable memorial mason or funeral director.

Do You Offer A Guarantee With Your Rustic or Hand-Carved Headstones?

Certainly, all of our rustic or hand-carved headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 100 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1920.

Can I View Proofs Of The Headstone First?

Prior to production, we can supply you with design proofs of the rustic or hand-carved headstone. In the event that you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the design, we can modify the layout or style until it aligns with your specifications. We recognise the importance of crafting the perfect rustic or hand-carved headstone for you and your loved one and are dedicated to collaborating with you closely throughout the entire process.

Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?

We have experience in shipping memorials overseas, but it’s important to note that there are additional expenses involved. These may include specialised packaging, insurance, and taxes or fees.