About Us

Hello – we’re Ross, Wendy, Joe and Jean of Adams Read & Hocking.  

Many of you may know us as Funeral Directors in Cleator Moor, Egremont and the extensive surrounding areas. Since 1994 we have had a funeral home in the market town of Egremont and later in 2005, we built an additional home to serve the community of Cleator Moor.

As a third generation family owned business, we have been privileged to live and work in this lovely part of Cumbria and are very familiar with the ways of its people, communities and businesses.

From a simple, traditional service to a modern celebration of a life, our family is dedicated to making things as easy as possible for your family.

Our story

Known today as Adams, Read & Hocking Funeral Directors Ltd, the company was founded by Joe and Ada Adams in 1947.  They saw an opening for providing hearse and limousines to the many local funeral directors in the area.  They also ran a mini bus and taxi service to the local schools and businesses.  When Joe (snr) passed away in 1977, the business was left to Ada and their son Joe (jnr).  A few years later, Ada retired and Joe and his wife Jean became sole partners.

In 1988, Alan Read, a local funeral director from Egremont retired and Joe and Jean bought his business, which traded as EA Read.  They then acquired the funeral business of William Hocking in 2004, which led to the company name being changed to Adams, Read & Hocking.

A year later in 2005, Joe and Jean’s daughter, Wendy, and their son in law Ross Parke, joined the business – making it a truly family affair.