About Us

    About John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors

    John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors is a long-established funeral directors business providing funeral services across North Yorkshire and County Durham including Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Catterick, Leyburn, Northallerton and Richmond. Generations of families have trusted us to give them the care, understanding and service that they need. 

    We have conveniently located funeral homes in Richmond and Barnard Castle and are proud to serve the people in those communities of many different cultures and faiths, as well as those with no religious beliefs. 

    The teams at all our funeral homes will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. 

    Here at John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone, so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.

    Funeral arranger discussing options with a family

    Meet the Team

    James Blenkiron

    Business Principal

    James Blenkiron is Business Principal at John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors in Richmond & Barnard Castle.
    James was awarded membership of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1985 and became a member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors in 1989.

    John Blenkiron

    Senior Funeral Director

    John Blenkiron is Senior Funeral Director at John Blenkiron & Sons Funeral Directors in Richmond & Barnard Castle.
    John was awarded membership of the British Institute of Funeral Directors in 1987.

    Rebecca Blenkiron

    Funeral Director

    Will Bellerby

    Funeral Director

    Rebekah Taylor

    Funeral Director

    I have been in the funeral industry since the age of 15, working back of house and assisting the funeral director. After qualifying as a Funeral Director at the age of 23, I have spent the last 10 years of my career holding the hands of the families who entrust their loved ones into our care. I feel privileged to be a part of John Blenkiron and Son’s and to be able to care for my own community in their time of need.

    Julia Elliot

    Clerical Admin

    Sarah Thwaites

    Clerical Admin

    Jackie Donaldson

    Clerical and Charity Admin

    Katie Bowron

    Clerical Admin Barnard Castle

    Joanna Ashwell

    Clerical Admin Barnard Castle

    Simon Russell

    Funeral Service Operative

    Shaun Bruce

    Funeral Service Operative

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 01748 850 033 visit branch or arrange a home visit