R Locke and Son coming to Shipston on Stour

R Locke and Son coming to Shipston on Stour

May 8, 2024

In early Summer 2024, we are excited to be opening our doors to a new branch of R Locke & Son funeral directors in Shipston on Stour.

As a local family business with established offices in Brailes, Kineton and Wellesbourne, we have always felt part of the Shipston community, so opening a fourth premises in the town centre felt like the next natural step for us. We have been looking for the right building for some time, and when the shop next to St Edmund’s Church on Church Street became available, we knew it was meant to be!

The new office in Shipston on Stour will provide a meeting place for families to discuss and arrange their funeral needs, as well as creating a space in the community for local people to come together for bereavement support, events and activities.

Initially, the new Shipston office will only be open by appointment, but we are always available and offer a 24/7 emergency helpline should you need us at any time.

Our new Shipston premises will not offer mortuary facilities or accommodate viewings, with these being offered just a few miles up the road at our main office in Brailes.

R Locke & Son’s connections with Shipston date back many years, from when Raymond Locke first trained as a wheelwright back in 1940. He would collect coffin plates from Aurthur Adams and coffin boards were delivered by train to Mayo Timber Yard. Under a gentlemen’s agreement, we absorbed the funerals side of their business. Williams and Wollet Builders Yard in Watery Lane made our coffins as they had the town carpenter, and when the mortuary facility at the Ellen Badger hospital closed in the late 1990s, our premises at Caution Corner in Brailes became the town mortuary facility.

And our local loyalties remain equally strong today, supporting local businesses to help keep our uniforms looking smart, our hearse and limousine serviced, signage, website design, flowers and business fresh and up to date. Recently, we have been entrusted with custody of the Shipston town bier, a traditional wooden wheeled trolley that was used for transporting coffins through the village/town.

Outside of work, you may recognise the Locke family name from Shipston Rugby Club, Shipston Scouts, or Shipston Amateur Dramatics Society where 6 Locke members appeared together in one cast!

We are very excited to be commencing this next phase of our business heritage in Shipston, and look forward to welcoming you through our doors soon!