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01271 342196

W S Gayton & Son Funeral Directors Ltd

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We are an independent family owned and run funeral Service. We have been trading on the same site in Bickington, Barnstaple since 1910.

We will help, guide and support you through every part of arranging the funeral Service. We will do as much or as little as you require us to do. Our services are available 24 hours a day.

Proprietors: A W J Gayton, M H Gayton, D W Gayton, J E Gayton.


Our History

The business spans five generations and was established in 1910 by William Samuel Gayton and his wife Elizabeth.  William was, at that time, the Village Undertaker, Carpenter and Wheelwright.

The business was then taken over by his son, Archibald John Gayton and his wife Lilian.    Their eldest son Arthur William (John) and his wife Maureen took over the business when Archibald retired.  They are still proprietors of the business, although they are no longer involved in the day to day running.

William Samuel Gayton

Archibald John Gayton

By 1985 John and Maureen’s son David William had joined the business.  In 1998 their daughter Jane Elizabeth became involved, studying and gaining a DIP. FD (Diploma in Funeral Directing from the National Association of Funeral Directors (N.A.F.D.)).

David married Liz in 2005 and they have two children, Henry and Lucie.  Jane married Marlon in 2007 and they have a daughter, Ruby.

The business is currently run by David and Jane Gayton.  The Funeral Directors are David and Jane, Martyn Street, who has been part of the team since 2000, Jack Cornell (David’s step-son) who started in 2010, Andrew James, DIP. F.A.A. (Funeral Arranging and Administration (N.A.F.D.)) and Keir Davis (who both started in 2016).

Taking care of the administration are Kaye Wilton, Angela Davey, Danielle Tubbs, Emily Reed – David’s step-daughter (currently on maternity leave), Sarah Holland, Harriet Synnott and Katie Wells.

Nigel Dawson and Andrew Ford are responsible for looking after our Chapel and vehicles.

Our Funeral Directors

David Gayton

Jane Gayton

Martyn Street

Jack Cornell

Andrew James

Keir Davis


Our Administration Team

Funeral Plans

With a Golden Charter funeral plan in place you can fix the cost of our services at today’s prices. So no matter how much the cost of these services rise in the future, there is nothing more to pay for these services (once your plan is paid for in full).

Your payments are protected. Your monies are paid into the Golden Charter Trust, a separate entity from Golden Charter and is run by an independent board of trustees who safeguard the payments made by plan holders. They make sure all future payments can be made, which means Golden Charter can guarantee the services included in your plan.

Contact Details

01271 342196 (24 hour)


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As you turn into Hopperstyle, we are the first property on the right.