Hand Lettercutting in Stone
The art of hand letter carving has a particularly strong
tradition in England where, after flowering in the 18th and
early 19th centuries, it was revived in the early 20th century
by Eric Gill. He formed the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic
in Ditchling, East Sussex, an idealistic religious community of
artists and craftsmen. Their work can be seen in prominent
places such as Westminster Cathedral and Westminster
Abbey, as well as in many country churchyards.
The need to preserve the art form in the face of modern machine cut
alternatives was recognised by the Memorial Arts Charity and they, in
association with the Jerwood Foundation, enabled a small number of
artist/craftsmen to work alongside existing lettering artists, thereby
acquiring and perpetuating this skill.
Peter Hampson was lucky enough to benefit from this scheme which gave
him the opportunity to study the art of hand lettercutting under the
guidance of some of the country's finest master-craftsmen.
He welcomes commissions for headstones, standing stones, garden
features, sundials, wall plaques, house names, memorials and house
numbers - in fact, anything that requires carving into stone. Each piece is
uniquely designed to suit the individual needs of the client and then hand
carved in his workshop near Rye. You can view examples of his work in the