Our Philosopy

Clarkson's is an independent, family firm owned by mother and daughter Carol Spalding and Sophie May. The company believes strongly in making sure every funeral service is individual to each client and their wishes and personality.

A beautiful service is not just about tradition, but about a celebration of someone's life and this is something we feel is the core of who we are.

Our team are always here to listen and help everyone throughout the entire process, to be there on the end of the phone at all times, to guide, to help and assist whenever we are needed.


About Us

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 and Sophie May, Carol's daughter, who became a partner in 2013, 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.

In 2012 we opened our second branch in Frome, Martha's House in Broadway.

In July of 2014 our third branch in Saltford was opened and is cared for by Alana Hurst, Branch Manager and Funeral Director with the lovely Paul Lawrance remaining on as a non-religious service taker. Martyn Hurst and Anne Booker, Senior Funeral Directors, work alongside Carol and Sophie in helping to look after our families in our Bath office. 

Being a true family firm was always something Carol hoped for and is delighted that this has been achieved.





GriefChat - Bereavement Support

We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feelslike to you, but we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life, and this is why we offer the GriefChat service.

GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 9pm (except Bank Holidays).
Click here to see our bereavement support page.




As per the new laws, please find our terms of business here, however full information can be found on our planning the funeral pages.


Our standardised price list is available here.

Our full price list is available here.

“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, Director



Martha's House
BA11 3HA
01373 463888
Windsor Place
Upper Bristol Road
01225 426822
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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