Clarkson’s Independent Funeral Directors was originally established as Jolly’s of Bath. The name changed in August 2001 and the company has been owned since 2004 by Carol Spalding whose breadth of experience combined with the Company’s independence from any national chain means that Clarkson’s is able to offer a high level of personal attention.

The success of our Bath branch has encouraged us to expand our business and in 2012 we opened our second branch in Frome, Martha's House in Broadway, where Wayne Kelly, who lives in the town, is the Branch Manager and Funeral Director and in July of 2014 our third branch in Saltford was opened. We are very pleased to announce that Alexandra Starkie, who has been a large part of our team, caring for Frome, has been promoted to Senior Manager and Funeral Director, and moved over to work alongside Carol in our Bath Branch helping to look after our families alongside Annie Booker, who is our Bath Funeral Arranger.

Sophie May, Company Director and Carol's daughter and Ian Marsh, Carol's husband have both been a part of the business for several years. Being a true family firm was always something Carol hoped for and is delighted that this has been achieved.

Carol Spalding

“At times of bereavement, you need to know that your nearest and dearest are being looked after in a caring and personal way.

My staff are available at all times to meet your needs and put your mind at rest should you have any concerns.

We embrace all religions and are happy to advise on non-religious services.

We are happy to see you in either of our offices or we are able to visit you in your home.

As a family run independent we are on the end of the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Carol Spalding


Windsor Place
Upper Bristol Road
01225 426822
Martha's House
BA11 3HA
01373 463888
Saltford Branch
489b Bath Road
Saltford, Bristol
BS31 3BA
01225 873535

National Association of Funeral Directors

We are a registered member of the National Association of Funeral Directors, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Federation of Small Businesses