Funeral vehicles, love them or hate them

It’s a few months on from delivery of the new hearse and limousine and everyone is getting used to driving them. So I decided to go to the garages and workshop facility and watch while Ted puts the new hearse away. I can tell you he wasn’t keen on me standing there taking pictures. But I am the boss and I have certain privileges!


March 2019 New arrivals!

On March 6th 2019, we had our brand new vehicles delivered to the office in Bearsted. It may seem rather sad but these are my first new vehicles since my father bought a new Hearse and Limousine.

Now here I am doing the same. These lovely new vehicles will enable us to continue to provide the highest quality service and facilities to our clients. The new vehicles are in addition to the existing two hearses. More and more clients are asking us to  undertake new and sometimes unusual funeral arrangements and we have responded at every turn, with encouragement and support.



vehicle transporter

It’s interesting to look at these pictures. In this following one, everyone seems to be here having a good look. Right you lot get back to work!

workers not working!

OK. Please remember that some people like to do their own thing where it comes to funeral vehicles. So the motorbike hearse would appeal to some and not others. Horses for courses and yes we do have them too!

This is now the second fleet of Volvo hearse and limousines we use, of which we are still very proud.  All of our funeral service vehicles are black coachwork. They are now with consecutive number plates and are all seat belted and six doors, leather trimmed, and air-conditioned for your comfort.

New volvo hearse
highly polished modern funeral vehicles


New hearse 2

The limousine below is one of two identical vehicles. The staff love these Volvos and they were particularly good in the snow this year.  That’s not saying we want any more.

volvo vehicles

The staff told me they wanted to put carpet down for the vehicles to park on. Carpet! Obviously they listened to me and decided to take no notice and get some carpet to park the vehicles on anyway. They probably think it was easier in those days but I can tell you it was pretty cold mucking out the horses and carpet would definitely have been a no no.
Volvo limousine
We use these lovely Volvos, and these ones are kept at the Walderslade garage, however we do have another fleet which are usually kept in Maidstone. We can also get a pink hearse if you are really er, mad, or you really like pink!

More funeral vehicles

Now this is not everyones idea of the perfect vehicle, but if the cap fits……

This is quite an old Daimler DS420, which to be honest, are not in demand these days. With the exception of this one. This is the only pink hearse in the country that I know of, and it is based in London where it is very busy. I have used it in 2010, and it was quite something. There is no matching limousine yet (2012).

And for those who like the idea of something other than black, or pink, there are the following.

White, OK if the weather is good, but they look dirty very quickly if the weather is not good.

Silver is a very smart colour, and very popular too.

Again these are quite old vehicles, and not greatly sought after these days. Except if you want a different colour. I have to admit to a long love affair with these old monsters. I cut my teeth driving one of these when the family used to have them. Lovely to drive, great to ride in on the back seat (occasional seats for the others) but hateful to wash because they are as big as a small lorry!

Horse drawn hearse

To be honest, this is a very peaceful way to travel. But not too far, and pray for dry weather!

Pete has been doing this work for many years, and I like the way he does things. There are others around but this needs to be a professional experienced company. Not someone who just takes it up for fun! We use a very professional company, fully insured, trained and yes we do check them out fully.

historic funeral vehicles


Following an unhappy experience, which fortunately fell to me to deal with, I have advised all staff that they can only use horse drawn funeral vehicles that are approved by me. There are two such approved companies.

Just recently in October 2015, a lovely family had a pretty terrible situation to deal with. Very fortunately they were a very strong family unit. One thing they did want was a Vintage Rolls Royce hearse. The company has other vehicles available to hire and you can view their fleet here

So we arranged to bring in this beautiful old lady. At almost 80 years old she was pretty amazing.

Vintage Rolls hearse 4
vintage funeral vehicles are available

This was a very elegant way to travel and it suited this family beautifully. You know who you are. You were an amazing family to deal with. I, and all the staff wish you well as you make your way forward in life.

Vintage Rolls hearse 3

I am trying to get the co-operation of a company that supply London buses to various events, to have one that we could use. Imagine everyone going together to the funeral! It could be very intimate with just the family, or more “celebratory” with lots of people invited, and remember they seat around 50 people too. I will add more when I find one that says yes.

Struggling to find one in the south of England. If you know of one, please let me know.

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