Welcome to WILLIAMSON BROTHERS Family Funeral Directors
Williamson Brothers Family Funeral Directors of Birches Head have been serving the families of Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire since it was established in 1927.
Five generations of the Williamson family have been privileged to develop a reputation for a caring, personal and professional service and remain one of only a few independent family-run funeral directors in the North Staffordshire area.
The distinguished and long established firm of Williamson Brothers, Funeral Directors of Birches Head, which spans five generations, prides itself on remaining one of only a few family firms of Funeral Directors in North Staffordshire.
Williamson Brothers was founded in 1927 by Frederick Williamson, a local baker, who named the firm after his two sons, George and Cyril Williamson. Fred was a well-known and respected character in the area, delivering bread by a horse drawn van. He created quite a stir when he became the first baker in the Potteries to deliver bread in a Model-T Ford van. When he became a Funeral Director he originally used a horse-drawn hearse. Years later, he broke new ground once more by being one of the first to replace his horse-drawn hearse with a motorised one. Following Fred's death in 1957, his sons- Cyril and George- then took over the business.
In 1958, having completed his National Service, George's son Graham entered the family business. His determination and passion for motor vehicles enabled the company to grow and develop. After years of gradually improving the funeral fleet, in 1982 the company took a significant step forward as they invested in their first brand new hearse and limousines, being the first company in Stoke on Trent to do so. Since then, under the ownership of Graham and his wife Cynthia, the company has expanded further and continues to replace its fleets on a regular basis.
During 1986, in order to maintain and improve the level of service available, a new funeral home, Birch House, was built. Following this, further expansion took place in 2008 to provide larger and better facilities and additional office space. Most recently, in 2014, a visitor’s car park was completed, directly opposite Birch House.
Today, Graham and Cynthia's son Robert, who began working within the company in 1979, and his wife Lesley manage the business, making them the fourth generation, continuing the traditions of the company. They are supported by their son James, who joined the company in 2016 having gained a first class honours degree at Loughborough University. The Williamson Family continue to be supported by a dedicated team of staff who have served the company over many years and offer a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience.
OUR ROLE AS A FUNERAL DIRECTOR
Arranging a funeral can be something that relatives embark upon with an amount of uncertainty and apprehension. Our role as a funeral director is to make arrangements on the family's behalf, to discuss any personal requests and to offer help and advice. This meeting can take place at Birch House but usually it will be in the familiar surroundings of your own home.
A funeral is a very important event. It brings together family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and sometimes, the wider community, all focusing on one person’s life. People attend the funeral to pay their respects and to say their “good-byes”. In order to make the funeral a personal tribute and a fitting farewell, some major decisions will need to be made.
One of the first decisions is where the service will take place. This could be in a church, at the crematorium or at the cemetery; also the style of service required, any hymns to be sung, music to be played and readings to be given. The minister conducting the service will normally meet with the family to help discuss these aspects of the service. A non-religious funeral service is an option preferred by some families and this can be arranged if required.
There are several other things to consider such as press notices, orders of service and catering requirements, whether at home or at a venue. A visit to our Chapel of Rest can be arranged to say a private “good-bye” before the more public event of the funeral service.
We fully appreciate the importance of the vehicles used to take someone on their final journey and we are proud to offer you our prestigious new fleet of XJ Jaguar hearses & limousines that combine both elegance and luxury. Alternatively we can provide our 1968 Austin Princess hearse or arrange for a horse-drawn hearse, available in black or white; a reminder of days gone by.
Flowers are another important aspect of a funeral, adding a touch of colour and warmth, and of course consideration must be given to the type of coffin desired.
A range of traditional coffins and caskets are available, these are hand finished and of the highest quality. It is also possible to arrange for coffins of varying colour and design, or for some families an environmentally-friendly coffin, hand crafted in willow, bamboo or sea grass, may be the most suitable option.
Different requests can be combined. It may be for instance that you would wish for a white coffin, covered with lilies or roses to be taken to the church in a white hearse, or maybe you would wish for a horse-drawn hearse (in black or white) to lead the cortege to the cemetery where white doves are symbolically released or, a lone piper plays at the graveside.
Whatever your wishes, we at Williamson Brothers, Funeral Directors of Birches Head, will carry them out to the best of our ability.
PRE-PAID FUNERAL PLANS
Here at Williamson Brothers, in Birches Head, Stoke-on-Trent, we offer Perfect Choice Funeral Plans. There are many options, including set plans The Essential, The Classic and The Premier or The Personalised Plan which is tailor-made to your individual wishes.
For more information on our Pre-paid Funeral Plan, do not hesitate to either telephone to request a brochure or call in at the office, where we will be willing to answer any questions and offer you help and advice.
The Essential Plan includes a hearse and a simple coffin.
The Classic Plan includes a hearse, a veneered Coffin as well as one limousine for family and friends to follow the hearse during the funeral cortege.
The Premier Plan includes a hearse, a superior veneered Coffin, as well as two limousines for family and friends to follow the hearse during the funeral cortege.
There is also the Personalised Plan which is tailor-made to include all of your requirements. This could be a very traditional funeral, with a horse drawn hearse, an eco-friendly funeral including a woodland burial and at Birch House we have a showroom with a selection of coffins for you to choose from.
All the Pre-paid Funeral Plan offer our professional service as funeral directors, making all necessary arrangements, conveying the deceased to our Chapel of Rest in a private ambulance, caring for them until the cremation or burial takes place with the option to view in Our Chapel of Rest. Also included is a contribution towards third party fees and the collection and administration of charitable donations.
- Independent Family Run Funeral Directors
- Williamson Brothers was founded in 1927
- Wealth of knowledge
- Expertise and experience
- Personal requests in our offices or at your home
- Music arrangements