Joseph Humphris started the business in 1880 from his front room at 74 Broughton Road, working as a carpenter, joiner and undertaker, then moved to Queens Road to a proper workshop.
In 1913 Harold, Joseph’s eighth son, took over the business after his father had an accident which left him disabled. Around 1920, after the First World War, Harold moved to the present location in Albert Street which had previously been used as a brewery.
In the 1950’s Harold was joined by his sons John and Maurice. Rita, Maurice’s wife, later also supported the business arranging funerals. They were ahead of their time in serving the community with best practice in the level of care taken, and the professionalism with which they arranged and conducted funerals.
In 1981 Maurice’s son Martin joined the business, as did John’s son Christopher in 1985 and continued the focus care and professionalism.
2010 saw Christopher’s son Matthew enter the business, joined in 2014 by Martin’s daughter Lucy, both focused on continuing to build upon nationally recognised best practice and care.
Our central Banbury premises give you easy access to:
- Visit your loved one in our chapels of rest
- Quiet rooms for making your arrangements
- Service Chapel
- Our stone mason’s workshop
- Memorial showroom
- Car parking
Founder members since 1905 of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) with a long history of abiding by their Code of Practice. Our membership of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) demonstrates our commitment to professionalism and personal service of the highest standard.
It’s my privilege to provide help and guidance to people at such a difficult time. Making sure the funeral of their loved one is carried out exactly to their wishes, and is as gentle an experience as possible. For over 130 years we’ve been there for people at the worst of times, and I’m proud to be part of the next generation.
I look after the day to day running of the office, doing all it takes to make everything run smoothly in the office and for all of the funerals. I really like being able to help families in their time of need.
As a funeral director I am responsible for every aspect of the funeral arrangements and as an embalmer I help to make those in our care look their best. I do this job because it is more than a job to me, it is a vocation. It is very satisfying to know that you have given help and guidance to someone at a difficult time and the knowledge that it is appreciated means a tremendous amount.
I am responsible for typing all sorts of correspondence and submitting newspaper announcements. I also greet people when they come in to the office and could well be the person who picks up the telephone if you call. The most rewarding part of my job is helping those in a time of need, providing a caring and professional service to give families peace of mind that all arrangements are taken care of.
I am honoured to call myself a funeral director and to take on the responsibility for all the necessary arrangements. This is not just a career to me, I find my role truly rewarding and am grateful that I am able to comfort and guide families at one of life's most difficult times.
I prepare and print Orders of Service, as well as helping to administer charitable donations. I also help on reception, greeting visitors and making them welcome. I love being able to use my creativity to help people when I design the Orders of Service, and delighting families with what I do.
Ever since I left school, my job has been to collect, care for, and prepare the deceased for the chapels of rest, whilst running the mortuary day to day. I always found my role in helping those left behind very rewarding.
I help make people look their best, making a difficult time a little easier for families. Hearing someone say that their loved one looks peaceful is very rewarding.
I bring people into our care and help to make them look their best. The most rewarding part of my job is making the families that are left behind feel that we have done our best for them.
I look after all of the company’s accounting including making sure all the staff are paid. I also forward all of the donations to charities. I enjoy working with figures, and its really nice to see how generous people are to others in need at such a difficult time in their own lives. So many charities benefit from people’s kindness because of this.
I help customers to choose a suitable memorial for their loved one. From choosing the material, design, shape and inscription, through to erecting the monument in the Churchyard or Cemetery. It is very rewarding to create an everlasting memorial for that special person who has passed away.
We also rely on our dedicated team of pallbearers and drivers who contribute in a huge way to making sure your loved one’s funeral goes as well as it can.
As a family-run business our caring ethos attracts like-minded people to our team.
Each team member is key to us giving you the service you need to make saying goodbye as positive an experience as it can be.
At Humphris Funerals we can offer a variety of vehicle choices to make your loved one’s funeral just as they would wish.
Our fleet consists of two Mercedes hearses and two Mercedes seven-seater limousines, but if a more traditional funeral is required horse drawn hearses and carriages are available on request at additional cost.
Various styles of motorcycle hearses are also available as well as a variety of less traditional motor hearses.
If you would like to hear more about what is available simply ask us.
At Humphris we pride ourselves on offering everything you will need to make sure the funeral day runs smoothly. All of our services are tailor made for your situation, and we have the knowledge to ensure you are clear about everything throughout.
- Advice on registration and documentation that has to be obtained
- Advice on cremation and burial funerals to include traditional churchyard and cemetery funerals as well as woodland and green funerals
- Provision of vehicles. This will be probably be a traditional hearse and possibly limousine(s) but we can also provide a horse drawn hearse or specialist vehicles
- Detailed arranging of funerals to incorporate hymns, music, readings and poems and printed orders of service. We have compiled an extensive booklet of poems and readings covering a very wide breadth of authors.
- Advice and assistance with the ordering of floral tributes. We have full coloured brochures available and work closely with local high class florists which can be recommended
- Collecting and administration of donations in lieu of floral tributes
- Advice and insertion of an obituary notice
- Help with catering facilities
- Advice and assistance with the final resting place of cremated remains
- A wide choice of coffins from the traditional to the contemporary including wicker and printed coffins.
Comprehensive stone mason service
Our memorial showroom gives clients the opportunity to see the various stones available together with suggestions for wording and design.
Our memorial manager is also on hand to offer advice and guidance when needed. On site we have our own Mason Workshop where all lettering is still hand cut and memorials are shaped and designed to meet individual requirements.
Service Chapel and Chapel of Rest
We are proud to provide a service chapel that seats approximately 50 people and is fully air conditioned. Our service chapel can be used for both religious and non religious ceremonies. Within our chapel we can also supply a very versatile organ to provide musical accompaniment during the service.
We can make sure the chapel is decorated as you see appropriate included in your tailor made funeral arrangements. In addition to the chapel we also provide three private chapels of rest for your needs.
We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service at every single stage of the funeral process. We’re delighted with the solid reputation we have developed over the years and are delighted to share some of our client testimonials below.
Thank you for your kind attention during my Father’s funeral. Despite being a sad day, it was a lovely and dignified way to celebrate his life.
Thank you for a beautifully arranged funeral, everything was made easy for myself and my family.
My family and I would like to thank you for the calm and professional manner in which you carried everything out. The consideration and compassion you have shown on this occasion has made us feel our loved one’s passing has been handled with complete dignity.
Both Jane and myself were extremely satisfied with all the arrangements you carried out on our behalf. We cannot fully express our appreciation for the sensitive way you guided us at what was a very sad and difficult time.