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We are a small family owned business and take great pride in all aspects of our business. We are totally dedicated to the manufacture of high quality memorial benches using FSC Oak and Iroko hardwood timber. In addition to making them we can also deliver and install throughout the UK. Find out more about us.
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WE ARE DEDICATED TO THE MANUFACTURE, DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION OF TOP QUALITY HARDWOOD MEMORIAL BENCHES AND SEATS TO ANYWHERE IN THE UK OR ABROAD.

We only use Iroko of the highest quality sourced from responsibly managed forests. All benches are made by us, we do not purchase imported benches. Each bench is assembled individually and to order, we carry no stock of finished benches. Our ability to hand carve inscriptions and motifs is a unique aspect of our business as is the very personal service you are guaranteed to receive from enquiry to delivery and installation. We carve by hand using traditional chisels, not with machines as do most other companies

Due to sustained demand the earliest we can manufacture a new order is now May 2017.

Please contact us on 01993 881464, or email us to discuss your requirements or if you require any further information. You are most welcome to visit our workshops but please contact us first to ensure we will be present.

We Are
A FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS

We have built up our business since 1993 and have purposely kept it as a small family business enabling us to offer the highest quality bench and service possible. Many of our (corporate) clients return with repeat orders.

We Have
OVER 24 YEARS EXPERIENCE

Oxford Memorial Benches Ltd was incorporated in 2003 developing from a woodworking business started up in 1993. In addition to the structured learning of an engineering apprenticeship the managing director has also received training from a master carver. There is no substitute for many years of experience based on a passionate desire to produce products and give service of the highest standard.

We Offer
A COMPLETE & PERSONAL SERVICE

The process of purchasing a suitable bench for a loved one is always difficult and we fully appreciate this. All our benches are made to order so that we can produce exactly what you require and with no compromise.

 

Our company motto is A Complete and Personal Service and we endeavour to uphold this.

GET TO KNOW US BETTER

THE  TEAM

Oxford Memorial Benches Ltd is owned and run by the husband and wife team of Graham and Ria Lay. All aspects of the purchase from enquiry through manufacture, delivery and installation will be handled by them personally.

 

They both have extensive knowledge of the timbers used and the manufacturing process and will advise on all aspects of inscription layout, timber treatment, and installation.

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Master Craftsman

Graham Lay

Born to a master carpenter and joiner, Graham was schooled in woodworking from an early age. He studied woodworking at grammar school and followed this with an engineering apprenticeship as an engineering technologist. After 22 years working in various production environments to the level of production manager within Formula 1, he then set up his own woodworking business in 1993 which has developed into Oxford Memorial Benches Ltd.

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Customer Services

Ria Lay de Heus

Ria has extensive experience in all areas of retail business and customer service having been born into a family-owned business. This early experience has been supplemented by many years of working in a corporate environment. She is now the first-point of contact for our clients. Ria is also fully trained on bench component manufacture as well as hand finishing of our benches. Her passion for perfection ensures you get 100% satisfaction.

Our benches are made-to-order and hand-built using traditional methods. 

OUR BLOG

EVERY BENCH TELLS A STORY

Every single bench we make is individual and there is a special story to go with every one. Our business is far more than a means for us to earn a living. We consider it a privilege to make benches in memory of someone who has been special in whatever way. The examples below are only a few of the many hundreds of benches we have made.

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    Wolvercote Lakes (Oxford) – Autumn walk – October 2016

    On Sunday October 9th 2016 we walked around the Wolvercote lakes in Oxford, partly to experience the wonderful nature and partly to check a couple of benches that we inst...

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    A commemorative bench for the Bard

    On May 25th 2016 we delivered a specially commissioned bench to the new garden in Stratford on Avon. The garden is adjoining the house where William Shakespeare lived all...

  • Memorial Bench at Heybridge Basin

    Heybridge Basin (Essex)

    Friday March 4th 2016 saw me arrive at morning’s early light at Heybridge Basin in Essex. The bench was transferred to a 4WD pick-up together with the necessary too...

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    20 Years Service

    The images shown above are of a bench we made 20 years ago as a prototype. It has stood outside in all weathers and has variously been treated with oils and stains as a t...