The history of W. S. Harrison Funeral Directors

Tyne & Wear history

At W. S. Harrison Funeral Directors, we have a lot of history from our time here in Tyne & Wear. Since we were first founded in 1920 by William Samuel Harrison, we have been serving the local community in Newcastle Upon Tyne ever since. We are fully committed to providing a bespoke service with kindness, compassion and respect. We are known for our consistently high standards of funeral care and facilities, operating from several funeral homes throughout the city. W. S. Harrison Funeral Directors is now managed by the fourth generation of the Harrison family. To this day we continue to listen carefully to your requests, helping you to plan the perfect farewell for your loved one, honouring their memory in a meaningful way
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W.S. Harrison expands

Expanding our name

Our second funeral home was opened on Brinkburn Street in Byker in 1928, which is the same year that William's son Albert Harrison joined the family business. By the mid-1930s the family were conducting over 250 funerals each year. Following the sale of the Burton Street premises in 1937, a new building was acquired which provided garages for six limousines, a joinery workshop and Chapels of Rest. This was opened on Shields Roads. Fast forward to 1947, there was the acquisition of T Sinton & Co, which became the third branch of W S Harrison & Son, serving the Walker district of the city.

A booming family business

A booming family business The third generation of the family, Derek Harrison, joined the family business in 1950, followed by his brother Raymond in 1964. Around this time a funeral home was opened in the north of the city in Gosforth and the premises on Brinkburn Street were sold. In 1980 St. Mark's House on Shields Roads was purchased and converted to provide Chapel of Rest facilities. The fourth generation of the Harrison family, David Harrison, joined the family business and an additional funeral home was opened in Forest Hall. Two additional funeral homes were opened later, located in Gosforth and Whitley Bay. These were both moved in 2011 and 2009 respectively, into refurbished premises.

To arrange a funeral for your loved one, please call our funeral home on 01912150775 today.

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