Our History

For 125 years Bartholomew & Sons of Rotherham has been entirely owned and run by the Bartholomew family. At a time when many private firms are being taken over, Bartholomew & Sons is proud of it’s heritage and independence. Bartholomew & Sons was founded in 1891 by Alfred Bartholomew when he took over the deeds of a joiners and wheelwright firm in Whiston. This led to the construction of coffins and the natural progression to offering funeral services in the Rotherham area.

James Willliam Bartholomew continued the hard work after his father and before his sons, Dennis and Philip guided the company through a period of expansion which saw the business move to Maltby in 1960.

Bartholomew and Sons has helped the people of Maltby in their time of grief ever since conducting funerals with the highest professionalism and respect. Firstly from an office on Morrell Street, and then on Coleridge Road. Now Bartholomew and Sons serve the community from 1 High Street.

Further expansion in 1978 led to the business premises on Broom Valley Road in Rotherham. This Town Centre location cements the company’s standing as Funeral Director to the people of Rotherham.

Dennis was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in the 1997 MBE honours list in recognition of his services to the community of Whiston – the business’s original birth place. His son Tony, took over the running of the business in 1983, throughout thirty years of hard work, Tony expanded the business to all areas of Rotherham and developed a personal and dignified service.


Tony retired running of the business in 2008, handing over to his son James who has continued to drive the business forward, expanding the range of services now offered, to move with the changing requirements of families, who now wish to personalise services more than ever before.

A caring team of both full and part-time staff remain a key element in the success of Bartholomew and Sons. Both our Funeral Directors, James and John concentrate on providing an unrivalled personal service, priding themselves on being responsible down to the last detail and we will always go that extra mile in the quest to conduct funerals of excellence. This philosophy helps us uphold our traditional values while adapting to modern ways and maintain our wonderfully personal service.

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Our role as a Funeral Director

The role of a funeral director is a broad service encompassing practical organisation, support and guidance to the family and liaison with a wide range of other organisations and services to ensure the funeral is properly arranged.

After discussing your requirements with our Team, we will arrange the funeral you want, taking on the responsibility for organising every aspect of the event and delivering it to the highest professional standards, meaning you have less to worry about during such a difficult time.

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