Over the years, we have been associated with a number television programmes, helping out in a number of ways.

Brush Strokes

Starring Karl Howman as the good-looking, wisecracking house painter Jacko, Brush Strokes was on our screens between 1986 and 1991. Although set in London, during one episode filming took place on location in the yard at Hoare Banks in Dorset.

One foot in the grave

Starring Richard Wilson, Annette Crosbie, Doreen Mantle and Angus Deayton, One Foot in the Grave was an immensely popular and much-loved comedy series. We were commissioned by the BBC to produce Victor Meldrew’s headstone for the very last episode. It was returned to us after filming and still sits in our yard today!

Charlies Garden Army

Television gardener Charlie Dimmock enlisted volunteers to transform neglected sites into beautiful gardens for whole communities to enjoy. We happily became involved with a project at Hinton St Mary where a millennium garden design included a ‘Human Sundial’. Not afraid of a challenge, using locally sourced Purbeck stone from the world famous Jurassic Coast we turned Charlie’s sketch into reality.

Mr Selfridge

The success of the ITV Drama Mr Selfridge has led to an increase in visits to the Selfridge graves located in rural Dorset. We were asked to renovate and clean these graves and are extremely pleased with the result! You can go and visit them for yourself.

About Us

Established in 1810, the Hoare family have been providing their masonry and fabrication skills to the highest level through seven generations and we are very proud of our heritage. Over two hundred years is a long time to hone a craft and this longevity enables us to offer our expertise and advice in all areas of the stone industry.