The History of Bennetts Funerals Directors
We have been your Local Family Funeral Director in Essex for 125 years and spanning 3 Generations.
An Essex Funeral Director with offices situated in Brentwood and Billericay, Bennett’s Funeral Directors are well known throughout the county for providing an extensive range of funeral services to families across the region.
Over 125 years ago, this family run funeral directors was originally started by Edward Bennett, grandfather of the current managing director, Jane Bennett. It was initially set up as a builder’s, records show that the company was first listed as an undertaker’s in the 1891 census, then in the late 1920s, the business was passed to Jane’s father, Arthur Bennett. The 3rd generation family member to become involved in the business was Jane Bennett, who joined the company in 1988 having previously worked in the City of London.
In 1932 Bennett’s moved from its original location in Brook Street, Brentwood to its current site in the town’s High Street. Among his many other distinctions, Arthur Bennett was responsible for building the first Essex funeral director’s mortuary.
Funeral Director Hearses
Bennett’s have an outstanding selection of funerals carriages to choose from. In 1973 Arthur ordered a Rolls Royce Phantom VI hearse to be built for the company which they still regularly use today, along with the prestigious Rolls Royce Phantom VI limousines also purchased in the 1970s. Their traditional horse drawn carriage funerals were re-introduced in the 1980’s and are still very popular, guaranteeing to stop the traffic and providing an unforgettable send off. However, in 2016 the company went a step further with the addition of alternative funeral transport and its purchase of a Land Rover Hearse and Land Rover people carrier, the only ones available in Essex and the surrounding counties, have been met with a great deal of enthusiasm.
Funeral Director Services – moving with the times!
Apart from an impressive selection of funeral transport, Bennett’s is an independent family funeral directors in Essex that offers its families the most extensive range of funeral services to choose from. Traditional funerals are still very popular but with trends now turning towards a more personal approach to arranging a funeral, Bennett’s has over the years, embraced these changes, and can accommodate all funeral wishes from extravagant to affordable, green and eco funerals, personalised family celebration funerals and offers many alternative coffin styles.
Building relationships and being very much a part of the community has always been a big part of who Bennett’s are. However over 125 years ago, grief counselling would not have existed. These days, thankfully things have changed and the bereavement support programme that the company set up almost 10 years ago is recognised locally as being of immense benefit to many families and a service which they are proud to have won awards for.
Bennett’s your recommended Funeral Director
So over 125 years later, what makes Bennett’s continue to stand out from other funeral directors in Essex? Well, It’s not just because of the services that they offer. A large part of their continued recognition is through the strong relationships that they have built and the friends that they have made within the local community over time. Jane Bennett is proud to be the third generation of her family to provide funeral services with respect, consideration and care for the families that she and her capable team have the privilege to serve. They accommodate funeral instructions with the upmost dignity and take care of all funeral planning in Brentwood, Billericay and across Essex, making them the Funeral Director of choice for many bereaved families.