Our history

Dutton & Hallmark exterior-sml1is a family-run funeral directors’ based in Chester. Established in the early 1800s, our quality standards for providing a caring and compassionate service has been passed down through generations.

In the 1840s, Edgar Dutton & Sons was formed, after the original father and son partnership – Thomas and Caleb Dutton – dating back to the 1700s. W H Hallmark was established around 1890 and merged with Dutton in the early 1990s.

Today, our professional team of Stephen Dutton, Simon Dutton and Ann Hall operate from the premises in Hoole. We are the oldest established independent funeral directors in Chester, and are proud to be known and respected for our services by local residents.

We have a wealth of experience in funeral planning and can offer understanding emotional support for our customers when it is most needed. Customer needs are our top priority and we ensure that all necessary preparations are made to give you peace of mind.

Our vehicles

We offer vehicles-sml1the largest fleet of funeral vehicles in the area, with our very own prestigious Bentley and Rolls Royce models. Our classic hearses and limousines have gained us a reputation for providing an air of respect, quality and timelessness to proceedings. Typically, close family will travel in one or more limousines of up to seven passengers, following the hearse during the cortege.

Asvehicles-sml2 an alternative to these vehicles, we can offer different modes of transport for your loved one. Horse-drawn carriage hearses are often popular as they can bring a sense of elegant ceremony to the funeral procession. We are also able to offer motorcycles with side-car hearses as a fitting tribute to any motorcycle enthusiast.

vehicles-sml3We are able to arrange other appropriate methods of transport upon request. Other such vehicles may reflect upon the hobbies or lifestyle of your loved one, or may be stipulated as one of their final wishes. Alternative transport we have previously arranged include tractors and fire engines, commemorating the devotion of those people to their interests and fields of work.

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Our values

We horses-smlunderstand the tremendous grief many people deal with upon losing a loved one. Our understanding and compassionate approach allows us to guide you through the planning of such a difficult event, with as little discomfort as possible.

Your wishes and requirements always come first. As we want you to remember your loved one in the most appropriate way, we offer a wide range services to offer a funeral tailored to best honour their memory.

It’s understandable that cost can be a burden, especially as such a distressing time. We promise to keep all of our quotes free from hidden charges. We firmly believe that funerals are a time for personal reflection and for you to say a fitting goodbye.

Forthcoming Funerals

If you'll be attending a funeral we’ve organised, you can find time and location details here.

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Contact Us

We're always available, day or night, to make the process as easy as possible for you.

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