It’s interesting to see how society changes and evolves through the generations. The funeral sector is seen by many to be unchanging and traditional but that is not always so, we have moved with the times, however, sometimes we also go backwards to serve our clients needs.
There’s been a significant change in the way funerals are conducted. Its only 50 years since the deceased would almost always lay to rest in the front ‘parlour’ up to the day of the funeral, which is now quite rare.
In Victorian times coffins were transported on horse-drawn carts and carriages dependent on the wealth and standing of the deceased. This was a significant improvement on the handcarts used in the 16th century.
In the 20th century purpose-made hearses and limousines became the norm. The old traditions began to change and horse-drawn hearses went out of fashion in favour of the much desired motor vehicles. Carriage masters, who would have provided carriages, purchased motor vehicles and hired them out to the very small ‘undertakers’ serving relatively small areas.