A direct descendant of the Cleevely craftsmen of Charlton Kings, Christopher is proud of his ancestry and the fact he has inherited the ability to work artistically with his hands just as his forefathers did before him.
Christopher has been a monumental mason all his life. He began as an apprentice at E. M. & F. Willets in Cheltenham in 1980 under the watchful eye of Frank Stephens where he was taught century old skills by some of the best masons in Gloucestershire. He continued to work at Willetts until due to ill health Frank Stephens sold the company to a chain of memorial masons in 1992.
It was then that Christopher began working for himself. A skilled craftsman, respected by both his customers and other masons for his perfectionism and attention to detail, meant his business soon became established.
In 2004 in need of space to expand his business and with his wife Caroline having recently joined the business as a partner, it was time to move the business to its present location at 83 Prestbury Road, Cheltenham.
Moving the business enabled investment in machinery, offering clients more choice about how they wanted the memorials completed and allowing us to complete the majority of work ourselves in our own workshop.
With clients being able to come and see their memorials being worked on and being encouraged to be involved as much as they wanted to with the finer details of their memorials, the business went from strength to strength.
This enabled us to be able to invest still further, when in 2006 we opened the largest indoor showroom in Gloucestershire.
In 2008 we obtained a third unit which is used for the secure storage of memorials required following the interment of a loved one.
2010 was a particularly important one as our eldest son has joined the company, following in his father’s footsteps and making it truly a family business.
In December 2011 being established for almost 20 years Cleevely memorials became a full member of the National association of Monumental Masons.
In November 2014 after a very brave but short battle with cancer our very good friend Dave Sinnett of PERSHORE MEMORIALS sadly passsed away. In his memory we have since been helping his father John to continue to run Pershore memorials and will be most happy to help his customers both old and new, home visits can be arranged if you are unable to get to Cheltenham.