Memorable Occasions

Lord Nelson’s Coffin – 1806
A. France & Son provided the magnificent state coffin for Lord Nelson’s funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The state coffin was made of mahogany, decorated with fine gold plated emblems and ornaments on a rich black velvet ground. Please click here to see the front page of The Times, 18 January 1806, which contains a full report of Lord Nelson’s funeral.

A miniature replica of Lord Nelson’s coffin may be found in the window display at 45 Lamb’s Conduit Street. It is made from a piece of wood salvaged from HMS Victory.

Marie Lloyd’s Funeral – 1922
A. France & Son were privileged to take responsibility for the Funeral of Marie Lloyd. Marie Lloyd (1870-1922) was known as the ‘Queen of the Halls’. A cockney comedy singer, she was famous for songs such as, A little of what you fancy does you good, My Old Man said Follow the Van and the Boy I Love is up in the Gallery. On the morning of her funeral people came from all over London to watch her cortege pass by. There were so many flowers that a dozen cars were needed for these alone. It was reported that 50,000 mouners lined the route from Golders Green to St. Luke’s Church in Kidderpore Avenue. For an article from the New York times please click here

Repatriation of French Soldiers – 1946-7
Frankreich, französische KriegsgefangeneAfter the Second World War A. France and Son were instructed by the French Government to repatriate every French serviceman killed in action in the UK during the war years. To be continued…



Cardinal Basil Hume ‘s Funeral – 1999
A. France and Son was honoured to conduct the Funeral of Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster. The funeral of the Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales took place at Westminster Cathedral, was attended by thousands of people and watched by many more on television around the world. For one, of many, articles written at the time please click here.

A. France and Son also conducted the Funerals of Cardinal William Godfrey in 1962, Cardinal John Heenan in 1975, and the exhumation from St. Joseph’s, Mill Hill and reburial in Westminster Cathedral of Cardinal Herbert Vaughan in 2005

St. Therese Relics visit to the United Kingdom – 2009
A. France and Son was delighted to be invited by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales to take care of the casket of the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux during their visit to London in September 2009. St. Therese of Lisieux was famous for her ‘Little Way’ inspiring many to live simply, helping people to do everyday things with great love and without complaint. St Thérèse was canonised in 1925. For an article concerning the visit please click here. For a video from the relics arrival in Westminster Cathedral please click here.

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