The business spans five generations and was established in 1910 by William Samuel Gayton and his wife Elizabeth. William was, at that time, the Village Undertaker, Carpenter and Wheelwright.
The business was then taken over by his son, Archibald John Gayton and his wife Lilian. Their eldest son Arthur William (John) and his wife Maureen took over the business when Archibald retired. They are still proprietors of the business, although they are no longer involved in the day to day running.
By 1985 John and Maureen’s son David William had joined the business. In 1998 their daughter Jane Elizabeth became involved, studying and gaining a DIP. FD (Diploma in Funeral Directing from the National Association of Funeral Directors (N.A.F.D.)).
David married Liz in 2005 and they have two children, Henry and Lucie. Jane married Marlon in 2007 and they have a daughter, Ruby.
The business is currently run by David and Jane Gayton. The Funeral Directors are David and Jane, Martyn Street, who has been part of the team since 2000, Jack Cornell (David’s step-son) who started in 2010, Andrew James, DIP. F.A.A. (Funeral Arranging and Administration (N.A.F.D.)) and Keir Davis (who both started in 2016).
Taking care of the administration are Kaye Wilton, Angela Davey, Danielle Tubbs, Emily Reed – David’s step-daughter (currently on maternity leave), Sarah Holland, Harriet Synnott and Katie Wells.
Nigel Dawson and Andrew Ford are responsible for looking after our Chapel and vehicles.
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