About us

Our Aims

Bereavement is often a distressing and bewildering experience and our first duty is to offer professional and sympathetic advice and guidance to deal with all the necessary formalities and arrangements that may be required. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive funeral service with excellent facilities that our clients can use at any time. A manager is on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to help - you only need to telephone.

Mission Statement

We aim to be, for all the communities we serve, the people to turn to in time of bereavement; to ensure, by our wholehearted commitment, that every funeral is carried out to the highest possible standard; and to be available to offer advice, support and assistance at all times.

Excellence in service above all else.

Community Events

We have a long and proud history of service to the community and endeavour to support local charities and causes. A number of our staff are members of various community and business organisations, such as Rotary, Women in Business Networks and local Chambers of Commerce.

We organise inter village bowls tournaments and golf days in the Essex and Cambridge area and sponsor many other local events and organisations, such as church fetes and local football and cricket clubs - all of which benefit our communities. The company also supports many local church magazines and brochures.

We try to be actively involved in serving our community, not only by providing a professional funeral service but by helping others where we can.

A Brief History

Peasgood & Skeates was formed in 2012 as a merger between H. Peasgood & Son and R. Skeates.

H. Peasgood & Son was established by James Day in 1847 as a small wheelwright and general carpentry business and the natural progression was to attend to the funeral arrangements of the family and close friends. This continued to grow in size for two generations of the Day family, handed down from father to son, each one having the Christian name James.

The grandson of the founder, also named James, died at the age of five years and it was at this time that James Day approached his nephew, Herbert Peasgood, to assist. He eventually took over the business on James Day's retirement and the name was changed to H. Peasgood. It was then changed to H. Peasgood & Son in 1919 when Herbert was joined in the business by his eldest son, Reginald.

In due course Reginald was joined by his two sons, Alan in 1946 and Jack in 1947, who continued the business until their retirement in 1988 and 1994 respectively. Jack's son David joined the firm in 1979 and managed the business after Alan's retirement in 1988.  David continues to work in the Company as a Funeral Consultant.

R Skeates Funeral Directors was also a family run business based in Duxford, founded in 1965 by Ron and Rosemary Skeates. Soon after, they were joined by their son David who now works as a Funeral Consultant.

James Skeates followed his father and grandfather into the industry. James became a fully qualified member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1997 and became Manager of the business in 2009.

Both companies amalgamated with another old independent business, Cambridge Funeral Services, in 2014 and we are pleased to have opened our newest office in Haverhill in 2016.

Phillip Warner is the General Manager of the Company, and is based at the Shire Hill Funeral Home. He is assisted by Hayley Doe, Manager, and David Peasgood as Consultant as well as other members of a dedicated team.

Simon Roberts is the Senior Manager at Peasgood & Skeates, Cambridge. He is assisted by Andrew Patey and Sarah Claridge who collectively bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the local area.

A trained member of the team is on hand 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year.

Our funeral homes at Saffron Walden, Duxford, Cambridge and Haverhill have excellent facilities with a Chapel of Rest, reception area, waiting room and offices, all of which are comfortable and tastefully furnished with fine reproduction furniture. The High Street funeral home in Saffron Walden is also equipped with a reception area, waiting room and offices, all of which are comfortable and tastefully furnished with fine reproduction furniture.

As an independent family business, the team has a total commitment to their clients' individual needs and an overriding respect for the deceased. These qualities have been recognised many times, with awards which have included Regional Funeral Planner of the Year and National Funeral Planner of the Year.

Registration and legal information:

Registration No: 455065
Place of Registration: GB


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