About

Our beginnings

We can trace the roots of our business back to 1853 so, for us, carrying on a family tradition is a way of life. R Locke & Son have been part of the community since Raymond (the ‘R’ in R. Locke & Son) was employed as an apprentice wheelwright upon leaving school, at the age of fifteen, in 1940. The wheel wrights ran in tandem with the village undertakers. Raymond completed his apprenticeship seven years later and was reported in The Sunday Mail as being the youngest wheelwright in the country. This soon led to his ownership of the business and the beginning of the family concern that forms the foundations of our present company.

Our beginnings

Our team

When we conduct a funeral for you, one of our funeral directors will look after arrangements and remains your principle contact, supported by our dedicated and caring operatives, bearers and office team.

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Our team

Our premises

Planning a funeral, for the first time can leave clients with lots of questions and uncertainty. Whilst we’re happy to visit you in your own home to make arrangements you may want to visit our premises to plan things or come to view your loved one.

Premises
Our premises

Our vehicles

Our fleet of vehicles are all immaculate and maintained to the highest standard. We are very proud to offer our modern but traditionally styled Jaguar hearse and limousine for funeral services.

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Our vehicles

SAIF Bereavement Care

SAIF Care allows us to provide clients with exclusive access to a free bereavement care helpline and an online chat service, both of which are staffed by trained bereavement specialists.

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SAIF Bereavement Care
  • I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of R. Locke and Son. I cannot thank all of the team enough for their professionalism, compassion and gentle direction following the death of my partner. Knowing that he would be respectfully cared for, and that I would be guided throughout the whole process of planning a fitting funeral service made the situation just so much easier. No request, question or concern was ever too much – always answered promptly and skilfully by any member of the team. The service itself was beautifully conducted with attention to detail and empathetic respect. You are amazing people. Thank you.
    G Hawtin
  • The professionalism and respect this company has towards its clients going through such terrible grief is exemplary. I cannot thank George and Bruce enough for the handling of my sister's funeral. The service was so beautiful and moving and my sister was treated with the utmost respect. I can't recommend this family run company highly enough. Many, many thanks.
    K Price
  • R Locke & Son were extremely sensitive, helpful and professional making the whole process of arranging a funeral a relatively easy process even during lockdown. Everything was explained and Colin was available at any time if there were any questions or changes needed. Wonderful service.
    D Holland
  • Family run funeral directors run by George Locke. They provided an excellent, sympathetic and very professional service for two loved ones who departed just a week apart. Highly recommended at a time of huge grief and difficulty.
    Chris H
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