The very finest British Handcrafted Memorial Benches for your loved ones.
Welcome to Memorial Benches, a real caring family business established over nine decades. Our carpenters are all time served and know their trade inside out. This is your guarantee of perfection and longevity. Our mission is to ensure your memorial Bench is a true and real tribute to the life and memories of loved ones.
Please take a few minutes to read our WWD (what we do) page or browse through our gallery
If already familiar with our products, head to our benches page. Here you will find a full range of stunning handmade, lovingly finished benches which are nearly all available in our four main hardwoods.
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Memorial Benches may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 06/08/2014
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We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
- Internal record keeping.
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A Memorial Bench is really so very special, to you, your children, family, friends, comrades or work colleagues. Choosing us to create this for you ensures total satisfaction and 100% quality - nothing short of this ever leaves our workshop.
Our benches are found everywhere, Gardens, Cliff tops, Woodlands, Castles, Churchyards, Crematoriums, Golf Clubs, even Pubs! Wherever your deceased spent happy hours is always a wonderful place to sit and remember them.
Your wishes are always respected and our personal service to you is never compromised. May we now assist you?
To discuss your Memorial Bench call us on 01429 265567 or 890808 at anytime.
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"MADE IN BRITAIN", hopefully this means as much to you as it does to us
Our time served Master Craftsmen take immense pride in their work, respect for the timbers we use and a love of our Heritage. Our HANDMADE BENCHES might cost a little more at the onset but if you take the TOTAL COST of ownership over the lifetime of our products they work out at PENNIES per week - NOT POUNDS!!
Beautiful British Handmade Memorial Benches made in the North East of England and delivered to anywhere in the UK.
Established in 1923. A family business then, and today proudly, still is.
Our exceptionally gifted, time served craftsmen create stunning and long lasting memorial benches.
Our wide range of Memorial Benches are a wonderful way to commemorate the life of a loved one. A timeless piece of furniture with the choice of Engraved Plaque rebated into the top rail, or a personal message engraved into the rail itself. Words and phrases mean so much to so many and the ability to sit, reflect and remember is almost priceless. Our care and attention to detail ensures you always receive exactly what you request. Our Memorial Benches, from a portable lightweight garden seat to a really heavy Park seat are all manufactured in the same way, finest timbers, traditional joinery techniques, all joints are screwed, glued and dowelled in a manner that simply put – just oozes perfection.
Handmade Bespoke benches are manufactured to order. We can manufacture to your plans and designs or we can discuss your ideas and then turn your dreams into reality. Our sound business and manufacturing principles mean we deliver our promises, ensure 100% satisfaction giving you complete confidence and a product you are as proud to own as we are to manufacture. Delivery is always by our own transport, this ensures your furniture arrives exactly as it left our works – perfect. All items are fully assembled and delivered ready to use.
We very carefully select the finest Hardwoods, using in the main Oak, British Sweet Chestnut, Iroko and of course the very best FEQ Teak (which incidentally is the best timber for outdoor furniture) Our products are all environmentally friendly, no harmful chemicals, and when eventually worn out they can be returned back into the soil from where they once sprang.
We are so sure of our products we are delighted to offer a full 15 year guarantee against defective workmanship.
To manufacture the very best products you have to use the finest raw materials to start with.
At Memorial Benches we have been around since 1923, time served so to speak. We select only the best Hardwoods, Oak, British Sweet Chestnut, PEFC Iroko and no manufacturer would be worth their salt if FEQ Teak was not used.
TEAK (Tectona Grandis) is without doubt the very, very best timber for producing Garden Furniture, Memorial Benches, Park and Street Furniture. Teaks natural oils and mineralisation make it virtually indestructible, insects leave it alone, does not rot or decay and without doubt its most endearing feature is longevity. Our heavy duty benches are still around having already been in service over 75 years.
Whilst our products may seem expensive at the outset if you take their lifespan versus cost they work out at pennies per week. Giving the very best overall value for money.
Our OAK comes from French, Italian and Croatian forests where the standards are maintained thereby giving you a full chain of custody.
SWEET CHESTNUT is British through and through our supplies come from the Duchy of Cornwall Estates in Herefordshire.
IROKO is a very durable, heavy hardwood. Often mistaken for Teak its main differences being the lack of natural oils and minerals found in Teak.
Hardwood is a broad term and covers the majority of timbers we use in our furniture. Details of the specific timber used are covered within our website and can be found by clicking on Teak, Oak, Chestnut or Iroko.
Oak is now our main production wood. Oak is heavy and durable. We use French, Italian and Croatian supplies. Oak hardens with age and whilst not as stable as Teak does lend itself to the production of fantastic garden furniture, especially big and chunky benches.
Turns a lovely silvery grey, as do all hardwoods, over time. Oak can be painted, stained or oiled and has long life expectancy.
Iroko, very similar to Teak. Our raw material is sourced from Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Iroko is a medium to heavy hardwood.
Although this lacks the natural oils and minerals found in Teak, it is a really good all round timber. We specifically use Iroko in the manufacture of Bespoke very heavy picnic tables, benches, and the massive Gladiators and Hadrians.
Teak is one of nature's most durable woods and really is the ONLY CHOICE for outdoor furniture. We only use the finest FEQ (First European Quality) Grade A Teak, and when available Recycled Teak.
Teaks natural oils and minerals give Teak its unique properties. Insects leave it alone, rot and decay are almost unheard of. Stability, Durability and Longevity ensure this most appealing wood stays at the top of everyone's shopping list.
Our Sweet Chestnut comes in the main from the Duchy of Cornwall woodlands in Herefordshire. Air dried and normally around 7 years old the timber has dried to an ambient moisture level and is fairly stable. Classed as a durable Hardwood but lighter in weight than our other materials.
Teak in use
Some examples of teak in use over the years are shown below
First Picture; Young Teak tree as it would grow in its natural state.
Second ; The longest Teak bridge in Burma all in solid Teak, this illustrates the durability and longevity of Teak.
Third; A trio of Oak benches, bottom is an 1800 Barfleur, middle is a 1500 Leviathan and top is a Childs bench.
Fourth; An Oak 2400 Barfleur now in situ at a National Trust property - Bodiam Castle.
Fifth; A close up of a Barfleur end in Oak this illustrates the exacting precision we manufacture to with all our products.
Sixth, Seventh and Eighth, These show how Oak matures and stands up to use as tree planters. These are Longleat.
A real British Manufacturer, around since 1923, still going strong, creating a wonderful range of Garden, Park, Street and Memorial Furniture.
Benches - Chairs -Tables - Loungers - Planters - Cushion Boxes - Bars
Picnic Benches - Patio Furniture
We also produce BESPOKE designs from either your drawings or we can create for your ideas. Among the many items we manufacture feature; Staircases, Window Frames, Sash Windows, Magnificent Solid Hardwood Doors, Conservatories, Gates and so on.
In truth if it's made of wood we can manufacture it – all you have to do is ASK.
Click here to learn more about the materials we use.
"Thank you very much for delivering my Cleopatra teak bench on time. It is a pleasure to behold and it is the perfect compliment to our new oak porch at the front of the house. I would like to compliment you on the quality of the workmanship, the quality of the teak used in the construction and the design of the bench itself. It looks beautiful!
May I also say, it has been a pleasure dealing with your company, from the very first rapid and friendly response which I received on first contacting you to the ultimate delivery of the product, I have no hesitation in recommending you to others. Furthermore, I would be very pleased to work with you again in the future when we need to expand or replace our current stock of garden furniture"
We became the proud owners of a teak table made by Teak Garden Furniture in August 2012. The table is beautifully made and has had many admirers.
Subsequently we have added a set of Rhapsody chairs to complement the table.
All the workmanship is excellent and the service has been second to none.
Teak Garden Furniture have been a pleasure to deal with and I would recommend their products without hesitation.
Peterlee Town Council were looking to purchase two heavy duty picnic tables in 2009 and Classic teak were already suppliers to our cemetery department so we decided to look at what they had to offer. Having looked through their superb catalogue we decided to go for the Olympic range which we are very pleased with still to this day. These tables have now been installed for almost three years and are still in as good as new condition. The tables certainly enhance the extensive gardens at Shotton Hall and will add quality and character to any chosen spot.
Peterlee Town Council
As part of an outside seating project at the NEC we were looking to introduce new robust garden furniture to a Picnic and Smoking Area. Having viewed a number of products which in all honesty looked as though they would not last a year let alone long term I contacted Classic Teak to see if they still produced the Olympic Garden Bench. I had purchased a number of these benches a few years earlier for a woodland project and were still in a solid condition just weathered to a silver colour which is typical of IROKO timber.
Karl at classic Timber was as helpful as always and after a little negotiation I purchased a further 10 benches which were delivered and installed within a couple of weeks of the order.
These benches are left outside all year round and used by all of our visitors large and small. Some of the benches are now over 5 years old and have been maintenance free and will last for years to come
I can thoroughly recommend this product and the expert friendly advice from all at Teak Garden Furniture.
Dean Westbury, Project Engineer ,Venue Operations, The NEC Birmingham
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8a Park View, West Industrial Estate, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS25 1PE
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Thank you for your interest in Memorial Benches
Teak: We only use the finest certified Grade A Teak. We ensure our supplies come from either plantation stock (pictured right showing very young Teak trees ) Our Teak is from mature, well seasoned and sourced from only certified and legal suppliers.
Oak: This comes mostly from France, Italy, Germany and sometimes Croatia. This timber is utterly superb, the appearance, durability and longevity do make it a serious contender to Teak.
Sweet Chestnut: This wood is 100% British, sourced from the Duchy of Cornwall woodlands this ticks all the environmental boxes and offers you a totally British made Memorial Bench.
Iroko: This is used in our Memorial Benches for heavily used areas. This comes from fully verifiable, traceable and accountable sources in Africa on the Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Teak is one of nature's most durable woods and really is the best choice for memorial benches. We only use the finest FEQ Grade A Teak, and when available FSC Recycled Teak.
FSC 100% Pure OAK, is sourced from Europe, coming mostly from France, Italy and Germany. British FSC Sweet Chestnut is obtained from the Duchy of Cornwall woodlands in Herefordshire.
Iroko another very durable hardwood is our choice for those really large and heavy Park Benches.
The selected timber is then skilfully cut and shaped into the component parts of our wide range of handmade Garden, Park, Memorial, Street and Patio Furniture.
All manufacturing is carried out at our workshop in Hartlepool where furniture is hand built by experienced craftsmen with an eye for detail and concern for outstanding quality of finish. Mortice and Tenon joinery are typical of the traditional methods employed.
Brass and stainless steel fittings are widely used, whilst screws are concealed by Teak or matching plugs.
It is widely recognised that the high quality material, size of sections and volume of timber used in our products make Memorial Benche's range the most solid, durable and the finest available on the market today.
Indulge yourself, family or loved one with the timeless gift of true British Quality Furniture.