Our history

A brief history of how we came to be…

In the 1890’s Thomas Grandfield was working as a blacksmith and wagon maker in Over Stowey. As a wagon maker this lead into more general woodworking and carpentry. As was very often the case in those days the carpenter who made the coffins was also the village funeral director. The business passed to his son George Grandfield and on George’s death to his son Harold George Grandfield.

Grandfield & Son


In 1930, when the Quantock Estate was sold, they purchased seven acres on our current site at Keenthorne and continued as wheelwrights, carpenters and funeral directors.

Geoffrey Grandfield worked with his father for three decades, with a short break for national service, and he took over the business on Harold’s retirement; although Harold still continued to work in the business until his death. Geoff expanded both the carpentry and joinery side of the business and building a purpose made funeral offices and chapels of rest.

Present day…

Sarah is now the fifth generation running the funeral directors side of the business, after many years working alongside her father Geoff. Throughout his retirement, Geoff offered support and advice; continuing the tradition of passing on skills from one generation to the next. Geoff died in 2023 and Sarah is now running the business with her brother Mark, along with fellow Funeral Director Sam, who has over 20 years experience in the funeral industry.

We now find ourselves in the privileged position to be working with the fifth, six and seventh generations of families that we first served in the early 20th century.

So over 100 years later, we are still operating both businesses the carpentry and joinery and the funeral directors. Whilst we do not now manufacture coffins, the businesses still compliment one another well.