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Robert Nicholls Funeral Directors.
Tel No: 01785 253683

J. Haynes Funeral Directors.
Tel No: 01785 850572

A. Walker & Son Funeral Directors.
Tel No: 01785 822261

Email: info@robertnicholls.co.uk

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J Haynes Funeral Directors, Eccleshall was first established at Elford Heath in 1891 by Joseph Haynes. In the early days the business operated as wheelwrights, undertakers, carpenters and joiners. Many historical points from the wheelwright’s days can still be found in the original workshop.

Around 1928 the business was taken over by Joseph Haynes junior and at approximately the same time, Haynes Funeral Directors established in Stone however sadly did not continue under the same name in Stone. J Haynes Funeral Directors continued from strength to strength in Eccleshall.

In the early days J Haynes was one of five undertakers operating in Eccleshall and the surrounding district. As time went by all other Funeral Directors ceased trading but J Haynes remained strong. In 1945 Bryan Marshall and Henry Hawkins joined the workforce of J Haynes, Bryan Marshall as an apprentice.

They learned their trade as joiners and can often tell tales to staff of J Haynes today about what it was like in those early years. For example being called in at 11pm to the workshops to construct a solid oak, hard planed and waxed coffin that would be required by the following morning. J Haynes continued as Undertakers, Carpenters and Joiners and as the Wheelwrights business started to fade, general building became another addition to the business which is evident in numerous properties constructed in and around Eccleshall.

In 1958 Joseph Haynes passed away, and Bryan Marshall and Henry Hawkins purchased the business. They continued to run it in the same manner throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with the reputation of being a small rural Funeral Directors with a very high level of professionalism. This was evident as the funeral business grew and flourished in a far wider trading area than anticipated, fast developing a reputation for attention to detail and caring professionalism. In 1989 Henry Hawkins took retirement and the building, carpentry and joinery side of the business ceased.

Bryan Marshall continued to run the Funeral Directing business solely in the traditional manner. In 1991 Robert Nicholls was introduced to the business (Robert was a Funeral Manager for a company in Stafford with a vast experience and qualifications). In 1992 Robert Nicholls took over the day to day running of J Haynes Funeral Directors and resigned from his employment in Stafford. Robert updated the Hearse and Limousine’s and facilities and acquired the business from Bryan Marshall in 1995.

However Bryan Marshall still remained a minority shareholder and still continues to this day to show interest in the business and give the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge of the local area and the people when requested. The business has seen various stages of development over the last five years, including the addition of a new dwelling house on the site of the original builders yard, occupied by Robert and Alison Nicholls and their family, also boasting a nice new office within the comfort of the family home for the making of funeral arrangements and the relaxation after Chapel of Rest visits.

There has also been the development of a Memorial Business in the late 1990’s and the acquisition of A. Walker and Sons Funeral Directors of Gnosall. The business now continues as a family run business, Robert Nicholls being only the fourth Funeral Director to operate J Haynes in 120 years. The first three were for the first 100 years, Robert Nicholls for the last 20. Robert’s two sons, Mark and Ben, have also joined the family business in 2004 and 2008 respectively.

Business continues to this day as an Independent family Funeral Directors and enjoys a reputation for being a caring, understanding, professional Funeral Directors, who is also known for travelling all over the UK to comply with families wishes for their funeral.

J. Haynes Funeral Directors.
Tel No: 01785 850572

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