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We are closely monitoring the developing situation, this information is accurate as of 3/4/2020
We have been advised by the relevant governing bodies to act upon the following:
1.) We will be discussing where to make arrangements for funerals with bereaved families to ensure we all remain healthy and safe.

2.) People who suspect they may have the virus will be able to make telephone calls or online communications with us. (email or skype
3.) All churches are closed.
4.) STONEFALL CREMATORIUM,HARROGATE is limiting attendees of services to 10 close family members. Close family may include Spouse/Partner, Siblings, Children, Parents and Grandparents. Any other unauthorised attendees, should the total number exceed 10, must be turned away. Live streaming of funerals is currently free of charge to families and is being encouraged to allow others to participate from home. SERVICES FOR ASHES are to be suspended, Funeral Directors must hold ashes to be interred at a later date (if internment/scattering at Stonefall Crematorium is desired)
5.)LEEDS BASED CREMATORIA are no longer allowing ANY attendees to services, and are only allowing direct cremations to take place. Leeds crematoria are however, attempting to offer free streaming where available
6.) Limousines are discouraged from usage until further notice.
7.) We have been asked to no longer carry the coffin where possible, and urged to use wheels to move the coffin from the hearse. Family are not allowed to carry the coffin until further notice.
8.) We are taking necessary precaution and measures to ensure that our funerals can still be carried out as safely as possible, our working hours are unaffected currently.



HC Townsend & Son are a well established independent family funeral directors serving Harrogate and the surrounding area for over 90 years.

We are located in Follifoot, Harrogate and offer a dedicated, sympathetic and professional funeral service. We cover Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby, Leeds, York, Boroughbridge, Ripon and all of the surrounding areas, but our funeral director services are available countrywide.

Our 4 generational family business has grown for almost 100 years, establishing an enviable local reputation, which we believe to be fairly based on providing a quality funeral service. Our many personal recommendations reflect our professionalism, experience and care.

We believe in offering a fair, respectful, transparent service. We are available to contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you in your time of need.

Feel free to take time to navigate our website before contacting us. We have multiple channels of contact available for you to choose from. David Townsend, Ann Townsend and Alex Townsend will be available to offer you guidance and support at any time. 

What To Do When Someone Dies

It's always a difficult and confusing time when you lose someone important, we want to make this time a little easier. Every funeral needs to be unique and special, but following our guidance and advice makes every one of our funeral processes run smoothly.

Arranging A Funeral

Our experienced funeral directors, David Townsend and Alex Townsend, can guide you through every step of the funeral process, making sure the process is beneficial to both the deceased, and loved ones left behind.

Funeral Plans

Planning for the future is difficult, taking out a Golden Charter Funeral Plan can give you and your family peace of mind. Your plan will be protected by the Golden Charter Trust, and is ensured to be taken out by our company, should you wish to select us as your funeral director.

Contact Info
  • Contact us any time to discuss future or present funeral arrangements, we are available to talk 24 hours a day. A call will take you through to one of our team, who will be able to discuss matter with you.
  • Phone:01423 871110