Local Bristol Funeral Directors

Support you can rely on

We are a caring, family firm of independent funeral directors and have served the Bristol Community and surrounding areas for over 160 years.

Edwin Burnell

Edwin Burnell was a monumental mason who started up in business in 1860. He had a yard in East Street, Bedminster, the site of the firm to this day. He worked as a mason until 1914, when Albert Tovey, who had travelled from Liverpool to Bristol, married Edwin’s daughter, joined the business and started doing funerals.

Their very first funeral was at the outbreak of World War One. They provided ‘a polished elm coffin, brassed fittings, brocade padded sides, flannel robe, inscription, plate and bearer, one car and one carriage’ – all for £7.2s 0d. Apart from the developing war, this was a delightful time with horse-drawn carriages and Bristol a far cry from the busy, crowded city it is today.

The austerity during and after the Second World War put an end to the extravagant funerals. Mourners gave up wearing black for months, writing on black-edged writing paper and carrying black-edged handkerchiefs. The only vestiges of long-term mourning that are retained are the black tie and armband, a relic of the crepe bands that Victorian Bristolians wore on their hats.

Julian Britton has over 35 years’ experience running his own family funeral directors in his home village.  After assisting Richard Tovey for many years arranging, conducting and providing the fleet. Julian Britton acquired Burnell Tovey Ltd in 2020 when Richard Tovey retired. He now runs the company alongside his family.

Funeral Services

We recognize that funerals have evolved significantly over time, and we are committed to delivering a service that caters to the unique needs of each individual.

In your appointment with us, you’ll have the chance to explore the various services we provide and customize the arrangements to align precisely with your preferences.

Support you can rely on

Planning a funeral can be a distressing experience for many. At Burnell Tovey, our supportive team is dedicated to assisting you at every stage.

Our 24-hour emergency service is available every day, ensuring that you’re well taken care of as soon as we receive your instructions. Our staff, known for their professionalism and thoughtfulness, are always ready to address any questions you may have.

Fully qualified and approved

We are members of the leading industry associations. As a result, you can have peace of mind that all our services are delivered by qualified undertakers. We are members of the following:

  • BIFD (British Institute of Funeral Directors)
  • SAIF (The National Society Of Allied And Independent Funeral Directors)

Contact Burnell Tovey Funeral Directors

For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome you to visit us at our premises at 13 Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4JA Or you can call us on 0117 966 39805.

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