About Us

Marlborough’s leading funeral service provider

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Clear & Supportive Guidance

We're here to help you through this most difficult time.

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Compassionate Funeral Planning

We'll help you plan the perfect goodbye for your loved one.

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Large Variety of Funeral Services

The perfect celebration of their life, just as they'd want.

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Dedicated Local Family-Run business

We're committed to serving our community.

About Us

Claridge Funeral Service is owned and run by Mary, Richard and Daniel Claridge. Longstanding members of the community, the Claridge family have taken part in community events, fundraising and provided employment for the people of Marlborough.

Claridge Funeral Service was set up by Daniel, who started learning his trade in the funeral industry at the age of 13 when working for the local funeral service. Upon leaving school, Daniel joined the Salisbury College of Funeral Sciences and it was here that he learned the basics of the funeral industry, progressing through his studies to become the youngest qualified funeral director in the country, aged 18.

Daniel started Claridge Funeral Service with the express intention of providing personal and respectful funerals for people being laid to rest. From the minute details of each ceremony to the coffin for the deceased’s final resting place, every aspect of the funeral service is catered to in accordance with your exact wishes.

Our services are centred around you and the person who has passed; we’re always available to help with any enquiries or support you may need during such a difficult time, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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Meet our team

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Daniel Claridge
Managing Director

Daniel started his career in funerals from an early age, initially cleaning the funeral vehicles for a local funeral director. Daniels interest developed into adult hood and he became the youngest qualified funeral director at the time when he was just 18. Daniel studied at the Salisbury College of Funeral Sciences and has a diploma from the National Association of Funeral Directors, of which Claridge’s is now part of. Daniel has a passion for funerals, as he states, “It’s the last thing you can do for someone and there is only one chance to get it right”.

Daniel also dedicates his time to the community first responder scheme run by the local ambulance service. This involves being on call for people in the local community, to ensure they get immediate first aid whilst an ambulance is dispatched to them. This stems from his interest in emergency care, which he has seemingly inherited from both his parents who were paramedics in Marlborough for many years.

Daniel has a passion for independent business as he enjoys their personal and often superior services, and can be seen in many of the shops, pubs and restaurants in Wiltshire, with his dog Toby – a rescued Beagle from the Dogs Trust.

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Mary Claridge
Managing Director

Mary has been a nurse and a paramedic for the majority of her career but developed an interest in the funeral sector when she worked part time for a funeral director alongside her ambulance endeavors.

Mary is very proud of Daniels achievements and high standards of care, so when the opportunity came to provide a family run funeral directors for Marlborough, Mary was really excited.

Mary is usually in the office day to day and enjoys the daily interactions with clients. Mary’s role is to complete the daily running tasks and administrative errands that keep a funeral director’s going.

Mary enjoys providing for her community and runs a charity car boot sale every year on Marlborough’s common. When Mary isn’t immersing herself in community projects, she can be seen sitting in the garden with a large glass of pinot grigio!

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Richard Claridge
Managing Director

Richard currently works for the department of health but plays an active role in the administration of the business. Richard worked for many years on the front line as a paramedic, ending up in operational managerial roles and finally working for the department of health on their radio project team.

Richard is a keen vintage car enthusiast and even has his own 1985 Land Rover ambulance, originally based in Wiltshire! Richard takes his ambulance to local shows in Wiltshire so others can share his in his passion.

Richard is a keen dog lover and has two rescued cocker-spaniels which he enjoys taking on long walks.

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The Claridge’s Team

Of course, Claridge’s couldn’t function without the help of our trusted bearers, hearse drivers and all our partners that work to make our services the best they can be.

Thank you to each and every one of you!

Talk to one of our friendly staff  01672 511 836

Let us help you create a fitting tribute for a loved one

Call us on 01672 511 836 or request a callback using the form below

Come and see us, we are here to help

Address: 2 Parade Mews The Parade Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 1NE
Office Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 17:00 Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us on 01672 511 836

FAQs & Advice

Take a look below at some frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us if you have any futher questions.

When a person dies it is naturally a very upsetting and emotional time. Unfortunately, during this time important decisions need to be made regarding the funeral arrangements.

From the first call to Claridge’s we will take the burden of legalities and formalities away giving you the time to concentrate on the important and personal choices.
If the death is expected and happens at home a Doctor or medical professional must formally confirm this before we are able to take the person into our care. If the person’s doctor’s surgery is open, contact them asking for a Doctor to attend. If the surgery is closed phone 111 where you will be transferred to your local out of hours service.

Once the death has been confirmed we can come when you are ready. If the death occurs at a Care or Nursing Home the staff will take care of this for you.
If the death is sudden or unexpected the Coroner may become involved, this is a formality and nothing to worry about.

The police will usually attend on their behalf, ask relevant questions, ensure that everything is in order and complete all of the necessary documentation.

Once the death has been confirmed the police will arrange for the person who has died to be taken to the nearest main hospital where investigations into the cause of death will be carried out.

When you feel ready you can contact us, we will then liaise with the coroner and hospital and bring the person into our care when given clearance. If you feel ready, funeral arrangements may be made before this happens.
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