Who are we?

Our father John Fordham started James Harper Independent Funeral Directors in 2002 because he was worried about what he saw as a rising trend in the funeral industry - large multinational companies buying up many smaller independents, changing the landscape of the funeral industry forever, from a system that had survived for generations. What worried him most was that this seemed to be accompanied by an impersonal approach and a decline in professional standards.

James Harper was founded on the same principles that have made funeral directors a cornerstone of communities for hundreds of years - family-run and owned, local, and focused on putting the needs of grieving families first. These principles form the core of our business to this day and we pride ourselves on being family, customer and community orientated.

Sadly our father passed away in 2017, leaving the funeral business to his 3 sons; Simon, Duncan and Adrian. We are committed to running the business in exactly the way our dad would have wanted it - proudly independent and providing a valuable service to our local community.

We hope you find James Harper today reflects the high standards and aspirations of our dad’s original vision, and hope you will allow our family to take care of your family at what can be a difficult time.

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