A unique offering for the future
With a long history as an independent funeral director, 7th generation director, David Bastock and 5th generation director Bruce Bragg join forces to create a jointly owned business to offer communities an alternative to larger funeral groups putting profit before people.
Sale of Thomas Bragg & Sons
Original Bragg family funeral directors sold.
Bastocks always manufactured coffins in house, however in the 1970’s, with new machine regulations and higher demand for different types of coffin, new suppliers were sourced ensuring the best quality could be found to offer a wider choice for customers.
Innovation in our industry
Changing from traditional all black hearses to black and silver caused uproar in our industry, with Terry Bastock accused of bringing the industry into disrepute by competitors. With such high praise from clients the new colours were continued, changing more recently to all silver.
From horses to horsepower
In our archives we have stock ledgers that name the fifteen horses the company owned to pull the hearses and mourning coaches with the last horse being sold in the late 1930s. We have owned many different fleets of vehicles since then, from Daimlers, Fords, Volvos, Mercedes to our latest fleet of Jaguars, they have all been chosen with practicality, reliability and aesthetics in mind.
Thomas Bragg & Sons
The original Thomas Bragg & Sons founded.
Humble beginnings and tradition
The original Bastock’s undertakers were in Brass Street, Birmingham and William Bastock opened the business, with seven generations following him to the present day.