Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we are having to change the way we are running. We would appreciate where possible to do funeral arrangements over the phone. We are aware this is not ideal, neither is it the way we wish to be operating. Understandably due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are adopting these methods to be as compliant as possible with government guidance. This will also apply to the manner in how we are conducting the funerals, we will ensure to do our utmost to remain highly respectful as usual, with as many of our traditions still in place.

For the safety of our staff and yourselves, we are adapting daily to the guidelines set by the government and local authorities.

For any queries or concerns please do contact any of our offices or general enquires on 01252 616431.

Funeral Directors in Alton

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About Charles Read & Daughter - Alton

After H C Patrick of Alton closed in the 1970s, the manager Charles Read opened his own funeral business at 5 Normandy Street, Crown Hill, Alton. Years later, Charles Read, who went on to become Mayor of Alton, purchased a second-hand Austin Vanden Plas hearse (registration GOU 763D) from E Finch & Son through John Ford.

After Charles Read’s death, his daughter Jennie Ward took over the family business assisted by Keith Cox. Then, after her daughter’s wedding, she sold the business to John, Tony and Martin of Ford Mears, which they later operated from Turk Street, Alton.

As part of the Ford Mears group, Charles Read & Daughter continues to provide a caring and professional service to the local community around Alton. Further investment in the business by Ford Mears has meant that Charles Read & Daughter is now able to offer a wider range of services and vehicle options, whilst still providing a personalised service that honours the legacy of Charles Read & Daughter’s independent, family-run business.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about our services or to discuss how we can help you with the funeral arrangements.

Funeral Services

OUR services we provide

How We Can Help

Charles Read & Daughter funeral directors in Alton provides a range of funeral services and funeral plans to accommodate everyone’s needs. Find out more about our tailored services and cremations below. 

Direct Cremation - More Details

Direct Cremations

From £1,950.00
  • In hours transfer into our care by trained funeral professionals.
    (within 10 miles, Monday-Friday, 08.30-17.00)
  • Office appointment with your local funeral director for completion of paperwork.
  • A plain coffin for cremation.
  • Cremated remains may be scattered in the grounds of the crematorium unwitnessed or
    to be collected in-person from our office within 7 days.
  • Cremation will be held at a crematorium of our choice.
  • Transfer to a crematorium in a suitable vehicle on a day and time of our choice.

Excluded from this service:

  • No embalming or viewing of the deceased or use of our Chapel of Rest.
  •  No funeral procession, minister/officiant, mourners attendance or Funeral service.
  • No additions available with this option.

Additional Funeral Director’s fees:

  • Out of hours removal, an additional £195.00

Please be aware there is strictly no attendance at this service. (Total price inclusive of disbursements, full payment MUST be made at time of arrangement)

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Simple Cremation

Simple Cremations

From £2,540.00
  • In hours transfer into our care by trained funeral professionals.
    (within 10 miles, Monday-Friday, 08.30-17.00).
  • Day, date and time of the funeral will be chosen to suit ourselves. No changes or additions
    can be made. Typically this would be near to either 10.00 or 15.30 Mon-Fri.
  • We will make all necessary arrangements for the funeral to take place.
  • 24hr professional Funeral Director telephone service.
  • Hearse only to the nearest crematorium.
  • Provision of staff for the funeral, including a conductor and bearers.
  • We supply a simple coffin for cremation.
  • Cremated remains may be scattered in the grounds of the crematorium or to be collected
    in person from our office within 7 days.

Excluded from this service:

  • No embalming or viewing of the deceased or use of our Chapel of Rest.
  • No additions available with this option.

Additional Funeral Director’s fees:

  • Out of hours removal, an additional £195.00.
    Price does not include disbursements:
    • Crematorium, Cemetery and Church/Venue fees.
    • Minister/ Officiant from £200.00
    • Doctors’ fee £164.00

(Total price inclusive of disbursements, full payment MUST be made at time of arrangement)

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Classic
Funerals

From £2,995.00
  • In hours transfer into our care by trained funeral professionals. (Mon-Fri, 08.30-17.00).
  • Flexibility on day and time (Subject to the availability of crematorium/cemetery).
  • 24hr professional Funeral Director telephone service.
  • Chapel of Rest available during our working hours (Mon-Fri, 08.30-17.00).
  • Choice of a Grayswood or Cambridge coffin.
  • Hearse via home or local place of your choice (if appropriate).
  • The collection and listing donations on your behalf.
  • Preparation of the deceased.
  • Assistance with the arrangement of press notices and service sheets (additional fees).
  • Advice on local venues and florists.

Additional Funeral Director’s fees:

  • Out of hours removal, an additional £195.00.
  • Deceased being dressed in own clothes, an additional £80.00.
  • Limousine(s) (max 6 people each) available on request, an additional £230.00
  • Attendance at Church/Chapel prior to Cemetery or Cremation from £295.00

Price does not include disbursements:

  • Crematorium, Cemetery and Church/Venue fees
  • Minister/ Officiant from £200.00
  • Doctors’ fee £164.00

(A 50% deposit or full disbursements to be paid prior to the funeral, which ever is the greatest)

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Tailored Funerals

Tailored Funerals

From £3,350.00
  • In hours transfer into our care by trained funeral professionals. (Mon-Fri, 08.30-17.00).
  • Flexibility on day and time (Depending on availability with crematorium or cemetery).
  • 24hr professional Funeral Director telephone service.
  • Chapel of Rest available 7 days a week 24hrs a day by appointment.
  • A wide selection of Traditional, Natural or Bespoke coffins avaliable at grouped prices.
  • A complimentary Limousine(s) (max 6 people each) available.
  • Procession of vehicles to suit the families wishes.
  • The collection and listing donations on your behalf.
  • Preparation of the deceased, to include being dressed in their own clothes.
  • Assistance with the arrangement of press notices and service sheets (additional fees).
  • Advice on local venues and florists.

Additional Funeral Director’s fees:

  • Out of hours removal, an additional £195.00.
  • Additional limousine(s) (max 6 people each) £230.00
  • Attendance at Church/Chapel prior to Cemetery or Cremation from £295.00.

Price does not include disbursements:

  • Crematorium, Cemetery and Church/Venue fees
  • Minister/ Officiant from £200.00
  • Doctors’ fee £164.00

(A 50% deposit or full disbursements to be paid prior to the funeral, which ever is the greatest)

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Contact us if you would like to find out more about our services or to discuss how we can help you with the funeral arrangements.

Our Staff

PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERIENCE

Nigel Cairns - Dip FD, LMBIFD

Funeral Director & Office Manager

Nigel has worked for the company since 1997, starting as a Chauffeur Bearer. Nigel took his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2003 and has been Manager in the office at Alton since around 2009.

Nigel was born and bought up in Farnham and moved to Alton in 1987. He is married with three children; two daughters and a son.

Donations

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Donations

We understand that many family and friends wish to give donations to a charity in memory of the deceased and we see this as an important part of the service that we offer.

Our donations page is simple and easy to use. We’ve partnered with Memory Giving, a recognised donation platform for Funeral Directors to coordinate and collect memoriam donations. We set up the page for you, the page has the following optional features a photo of your loved one, space for a message, details of the service with a map and a space for tributes to be left. The page will typically close 6-8 weeks from the date it was created. 

Every donor will receive an acknowledgment, thanking them for their donation. Donations can be made securely by debit or credit card, with donations going straight to your nominated charity. The option of Gift Aid is available, with Gift Aid recovery, provide on behalf of the charity increases the gift by upwards of 18%.

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Where to Find Us

Address

13 Turk Street
Alton
Hampshire GU34 1AG

Monday 9:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 17:00
Thursday 9:00 – 17:00
Friday 9:00 – 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

From the A31 South (Winchester), follow the road past the Butts Green and M & S store. At the mini roundabout outside Sainsburys. Turn Left there & then immediately Right. This brings you into a public car park behind Iceland store. Go to the far end of the car park & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street, opposite the office.

From the A31 North (Farnham), follow the road into the High Street, down Crown Hill, go past Market Street keeping left. Bringing you to Turk Street and our offices are on the Left.

For parking go past the office turn right at the mini roundabout. Left at the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys, turn right and then immediately right again. This brings you into the carpark behind Iceland store. Drive to the far end of carpark & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street, opposite the office.

Coming into Alton from the B3349 Odiham direction, come to a mini roundabout & turn Left on to the Basingstoke Road into Alton. Come to a give way and you must turn Left into Amery Hill. Follow the road around, past the Library and up a hill to another mini roundabout and then turn Right into Church Street. At the next mini roundabout turn Right into the High Street and go down the hill past Market Street on the Right and the road bears round to the right which is a one-way street. This is Turk Street, our offices on the Left. Drive past the office to the mini roundabout and turn Right. At the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys turn Right and then immediately Right again. This leads you into a carpark behind the Iceland store. Drive to the far end of carpark & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street opposite our office.

Coming into Alton on the B3004 Bordon direction, go under the railway bridge and up the hill to the junction. Turn Left onto Normandy Street, drive to a mini roundabout and then turn Left onto Orchard Lane. Follow road which then becomes Drayman’s Way to the next mini roundabout and go straight over to the next mini roundabout outside Sainsburys and turn Right and then immediately Right again. This leads you into a carpark behind the Iceland store. Drive to the far end of the car park & park. There is a walkway between two blocks of flats leading down into Turk Street opposite our office.

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