195 New London Road
M. Lucking and Sons have served Chelmsford and the surrounding area for over 360 years. As an independent family owned business we are able to offer personal and sympathetic guidance through all the formalities of arranging the funeral for a loved one, either at our offices, or in the comfort of the family home. We have a long term commitment to our community and appreciate local customs, traditions and expectations. We work with companies that we know and trust.
Lucking and Sons have served Chelmsford and the surrounding area for over 360 years.
On-going research has traced the family to the Great Waltham and Little Waltham areas of Chelmsford. In 1631 a William Lucking of Little Waltham carried on the trade of carpenter and joiner and would, no doubt, have been asked to make coffins. “Undertaking" as the trade was then known, has changed over the years to become the profession of Funeral Directors.
It was not until 1883 that WILLIAM AUGUSTUS, the son of another William Lucking, purchased the property in New London Road, Chelmsford. These premises remain the place of business and family residence today.
William Augustus married Susan Piper of London in 1876. Their son GEORGE WILLIAM, born in 1880, carried on the business after the decease of his father. He married Mary Hurry and they had two sons, Percy and Gus, and two daughters, Gladys and Doris. When George William died at the age of 41 the business was carried on by his wife Mary (hence, M Lucking and Sons) until the sons became of an age to succeed.
The second son, GUS stayed in the business and took over from his mother. He married Alice Ketley and they had two daughters, Christine and Jennifer. Christine married Bernard Gowing in 1967 and they have one Daughter, Sarah. Bernard, then carried on the family business.
In 1996 Bernard was joined by Darren Lucking, grandson of Percy and great-nephew of Gus and in 2002 Roy Palmer, (Dip.FD), a cousin of Darren, joined the business.
Bernard died in 2010. Now Jennifer, Christine, Darren and Roy run the company together.
* Advice * Arrangements * Masonry * Coffins * Motorcycle Hearse * Pre-Paid Plans
The Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors, The National Association of Funeral Directors The British Institute of Embalmers
Thank you so much for the way you supported us all at mum's funeral. Everybody remarked about the way you all managed the afternoon, your kindness and sympathetic organisation. It really did make such a difference to us.
Faith Jones - 06/10/2009 | report this review
Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you did for dad, He would have been so proud and had a little chuckle. Thank you so much again.
Anne Smith - 06/10/2009 | report this review
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