Dales of Thirsk Ltd are very proud of our heritage and our people.

As a family the Collinson’s have run Dales, a monumental mason company since the 1960’s, passed down from 3 generations of the Dale family originating in 1880 and now headed up by Neil Collinson.

Starting out as memorial masons and diversifying into kitchen and bathroom surfaces, the Dales’ team have a true passion for and expert knowledge of stone products.

Specialising in Granite, Marble, Slate, Yorkshire Stone, Limestone and a variety of Quartzstone, the Dales’ team are expertly trained and take huge pride with each bespoke piece of stone being manufactured and finished to your exact requirements whether it’s a memorial or a kitchen worktop.

The Collinson Hammer

dales-hammerWe have a great sense of history when we use this hammer. Its actual age is unknown but we do know it has been used by at least 3 generations of memorial masons. Used by Cyril Dale prior to Don Collinson and now by Neil, the hammer is solely used for bespoke hand lettering and carving.

The hammer is a true symbol of traditional art and craft.

The Team

Dales of Thirsk Ltd are very proud of our heritage and our people:


neil-collinsonNeil Collinson


After leaving school in 1980 Neil joined his father Don in the family monumental masonry business and they worked alongside each other for 20 years before totally taking over the reins in 2000. Following his decision to diversify into kitchen worktops and natural stone products for home and business, Neil has seen the business grow rapidly. Neil is still very much hands on and directly involved in all aspects of the day to day running of the company from administration and sales through to manufacturing and fitting.

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nicky-jenkinsNicky Jenkins

Office Assistant

Our most recent addition. After working for Kenneth Easby Accountants Ltd in Northallerton Nicky has recently joined the company on a part time basis to assist on the sales and admin side. Her knowledge of accountancy systems is of benefit to the office management too.

neil-collinson-jnrNeil Collinson

Production Manager

Although sharing an identical name with our MD they are not related, but is now better known as Neil Junior!

Neil has a wealth of experience in the manufacture of natural stone products having previously spent 17 years with F Jones Ltd in Middlesbrough before joining Dales in 2004. Neil’s industry expertise is pivotal to the smooth running of our manufacturing process. Neil oversees the CNC machine and governs the quality control in manufacturing.

jon-dixonJon Dixon

Templater and Installer

In 1987 and in partnership with Geoffrey Taylor-Gell founded and established specialist furniture manufacturer Coxwold Cabinet Makers. Jon joined Dales in 2008 to form a highly skilled and motivated double act with Lee in the templating and installation side of the business.

lee-dallawayLee Dallaway

Templater and Installer

Local man Lee is a Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd trained cabinet maker who worked for the iconic Mouseman furniture manufacturer for over 14 years before joining Dales in November 2003. Alongside Jon, Lee is at the forefront of our templating and fitting team and also is actively involved in the hand lettering and design carving of memorials.

stevie-bennettSteve Bennett

Templater and Installer

Steve served his cabinet making apprenticeship with Beaver Furniture at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe, Thirsk before spending two years at Grove House Kitchens & Interiors. Steve joined Dales 18 months ago and is a highly valued all rounder who spends the majority of his working life manufacturing in the factory as well as templating and installing on site.

james-millwardJames Millward


James is part of our production team working alongside Neil junior, spending his entire working life in the stone industry with two spells at F Jones Ltd in Middlesbrough as well as two stints at Dales. James is our resident sawyer and plans the cutting of our slabs along with finishing of pieces.

christian-parkerChristian Parker

Apprentice Memorial Mason

Christian has been with us since leaving Thirsk School in 2012 and still undergoing further education at York Stonemasonry College and is being part funded throughout his apprenticeship by Hambleton District Council and Thirsk Rotary Club. Christian has won an award at Masonry College for his workmanship and is showing tremendous promise within the workforce.

GeeGee2George Gifford

Marketing Manager

Having known Neil and the Collinson family for over 40 years George joined the company in 2011 to assist with the website, PR, CRM, marketing and admin. As well as being the chairman of Thirsk Cricket Club, George is also a dedicated Sunderland fan following them the length and breadth of the country.

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