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Owner of new funeral home keen to find out more about history of Lichfield city centre building

The owner of a Lichfield business is keen to find out more about the history of her company’s new home.

The Jukes Funeral Services team with horse-drawn hearse outside The House of Minster Funeral Home

The Jukes Funeral Services team with horse-drawn hearse outside The House of Minster Funeral Home

Former Friary School pupil Sophie Jukes has opened The House of Minster Funeral Home at 26 Tamworth Street.

The 25-year-old has created four new jobs with the Jukes Funeral Services venture – but says she’s keen to find out more about the history of the building, which had previously been House of Minster.

has opened a new business in her home city of Lichfield this month and is keen to find out more about the history of its location.

“On our first day a gentleman popped in and said how lovely it was to have a funeral home back in Tamworth Street, as he remembered there being one years ago which he thought might have been called Barlows,” she said. “We’ve also found reference on the internet to a saddler in Tamworth Street that offered funeral carriages for hire, so funerals certainly seem to be a part of the street’s past.

“We’d love to know more about the history of this building or any other funeral links to Tamworth Street, so if anyone has any information please call in and educate us – our doors are always open for people to pop in for a chat and a look round.”

The team say they have so far discovered that the building it was formerly the home of Frogatt’s glass, as well as seemingly having been a YMCA, a boy’s home, a hotel, a dancing school, a sewing machine shop and a gift-shop over the years.

Although proud of the listed Georgian building’s history, Sophie was keen to add her own more-modern twist to the interior of the business to reflect the changing nature of funerals.

She said: “People often expect funeral homes to be dauntingly dark and gloomy, so we wanted to create a completely different experience that felt more like visiting someone’s home, to help families feel more at ease.

“These days, people don’t always want a traditional funeral and prefer to incorporate some individuality into the proceedings instead.

“Our job is to deliver the funeral they want, and if that means ordering a VW campervan, tank or double-decker bus instead of our usual hearse, then that’s what we’ll arrange for them.”Lichfield born and bred, Sophie’s keen that her new business Jukes Funeral Services gives something back to the community. She’s planning on fundraising events such as coffee mornings that, as well as helping to raise money for charity, will give people chance to meet the friendly, helpful team and help debunk some of the mystery associated with funeral homes.

Working alongside Sophie are two other Lichfield locals Ryan Dobson and Stuart Clancy, giving the team over 24 years combined experience in the funeral industry, allowing them to provide the highest standards of help and care to families when they need it most, whether that’s 24-hour support, home visits, or Jukes Funeral Services unique and bespoke range of funeral plans.

For more details, or if anyone has any further information about the history of the House of Minster, please get in touch by visiting www.jukesfuneralservices.com

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