Our History

The firm of E J Herbert was founded in 1900 by Edwin John Herbert, a sculptor who moved from Cheltenham to Newport to set up business in his wife Millecents home town.He started the business at 123 Corporation Road, using the garden and outbuildings as his workshop. He soon earnt a reputation for quality and craftsmanship and worked on many large carving projects.

Edwins son Stanley James was born in 1902 and started working with his father when he left school at 15.

In 1935 Peter was born to Stanley and his wife Daisy, giving them all hope the family name would be continued in the business.

Following the untimely death of Stanley at just 41 years of age, Peter at just 14 began working with his mother, learning the skills of the trade from his grandfather who continued to work until his death aged 84.

Jonathan was born to Peter and his wife Judy in 1966, again giving hope that the family name would continue in the business.

Peter and Daisy continued to work together until Daisy's death in 1979.

After watching his father work for many years Jonathan started working with his father to learn the family skills in 1985.

Peter and Jonathan worked side by side for the next 27 years, investing in the business and building an impeccable reputation for their expert and specialist knowledge of memorials until Peter retired in 2002.

Jonathan continues to run the business with his wife Caroline and they strive to keep the excellent reputation that the business holds, using the highest quality materials whilst remaining competitive and never compromising of their time and experience when advising customers.

They will have to wait and see what the future holds for the business and their young family.

During all these years the family have remained completely "hands on" in the business and all work is carried out or overseen by them.

The firm is still based in the same premises 110 years later, and planning permission is currently being sought for a new showroom.

Four generations of master craftsmen, in the same premises, for 110 years, a history we are very proud of.
E J Herbert & Son