Levertons Since 1789

History of Levertons

Leases dating from 1789 show John Leverton of Henry Street (click to view map dated 1799) buying land and selling the houses he built on them. At this time, funeral work was conducted by local carpenters “undertaking” to make the coffins and transport the body. Leverton and Sons Ltd has been a family owned company of funeral directors based within the St Pancras area of London for two hundred and twenty years.

In 1763, John Leverton was baptised in the village of Meeth, Devon. One day he packed his bags and in 1789 he made the long journey to London to set up business as a carpenter. Coming from a Devonshire village, eighteenth century London must have seemed a vast place.

Initially, coffin-making would have represented only a small part of the work which employed John all those years ago, but as the area became more densely populated, the funeral side of his work expanded at such a rate that it soon dominated the business.


In the fourth generation of Leverton funeral directors, Henry John (1859-1935) was the eldest son. He moved our business premises to Eversholt Street in 1888. Our head office is in the same street today. His son Stanley (1883-1963) became a partner in 1909 and was later joined by his own sons: Derrick, Ivor and Basil. The seventh generation is represented by Ivor’s sons, Keith (now retired) and Clive. Our Head Office is in Eversholt Street where cousins Pippa and Andrew are based.

As children, Keith and Clive assumed that all houses had the phone ringing in the middle of the night and that everyone’s dads abandoned half-eaten evening meals on a regular basis. Funeral directing as a family trade is unusual because the business affects the lives of your nearest and dearest at all hours of the day. So, as children, the Levertons were always aware that the people on the other end of the telephone had to be treated with great care. This is without doubt where our training began.

Keith recalls meeting the school careers officer for the first time. The man had spent most of his day advising boys that they may not necessarily be selected for Arsenal and trying to convince them that perhaps a back-up plan might be a good idea. Keith sat down and firmly said ‘I want to be a funeral director’. The careers adviser was speechless for some time. Whether it was relief or disbelief, we’ll never know.

Modern communications have made our work much easier. The 24 hour nature of funeral directing can now be shared among several people as opposed to being the job of those who live above a Levertons branch. In the early days, it was the doorbell. Most people died at home 50 years ago and when that happened, we were around the corner - the first port of call for a family in distress.

Download a pdf of an article Basil Leverton wrote for the Camden Historical Society back in 1982 which gives more information about the History.

Immediate Assistance

In the case of someone dying at home, or if you need to contact us for immediate assistance out of our office hours, please do call us. We can arrange collection at any time of day or night:

My family and I felt that the staff from Leverton were very helpful and understanding. We flet supported through out the whole process and are very grateful to them all

Review by Carolyn C left on 03 Jul 2024

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Review by Carolyn C left on 03 Jul 2024

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We have used Leverton and Sons for a few of our family funerals and I have always been impressed. This time we used the Muswell Hill branch. Deborah was absolutely amazing. She has the perfect balance between professionalism, kindness, empathy, getting things done and making you feel like you are in safe hands - exactly what you need when going through a painful time. Thank you.

Review by Megan C left on 02 Jul 2024

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I recently had the unfortunate necessity to arrange a funeral, and I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the outstanding service provided by Leverton’s at kentish Town , From the moment we walked in, Lorna Walkden offered not only professional guidance but also genuine compassion and support during one of the most difficult times of our lives. Lorna Walkden demonstrated an exceptional ability to listen to our needs and wishes, ensuring that every detail was attended to with the utmost care and respect. Lorna’s empathetic nature made us feel understood and comforted, which was incredibly important to us. They handled all the arrangements seamlessly, relieving us of much of the stress associated with planning a funeral. We are also grateful for Lorna for recommending Libby to perform the service , Libby ensured that everything proceeded smoothly and beautifully and delivered a faultless service. In such a challenging time,Lorna Walkden provided a level of service beyond our expectations. Her kindness, professionalism, and dedication to Her work were evident in every interaction we had. I highly recommend Leverton’s at Kentish Town to anyone in need of funeral services. Their support made a significant difference, and we are profoundly thankful for their exceptional service. Also a special mention to one of the Paulbearers called Barry , who explained everything step by step throughout which really helped us on the day , he's kind and empathetic nature was of a great help.

Review by K Orbell left on 02 Jul 2024

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Drew, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks for your incredible support planning mum’s funeral. Throughout the whole organisation you were so calm, reassuring and able to accommodate all of our requests, however unusual some of them may have seemed.

Review by Sam C left on 02 Jul 2024

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Have benefitted twice from the services of Levertons. Most of us don't expect to be frequent flyers with Funeral Directors but my experience has been great. Thank you to the Denmark Terrace team!

Review by David R left on 27 Jun 2024

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I would like to thank everyone at Leverton & Sons -- especially Carmel for the very professional and sensitive approach to my beautiful wife's funeral. Everyone there commented how well organised it was and professional. You never want to worry about details at times like this. I did not have to at all. Carmel was so helpful before, during and after. This gave everyone the time to focus on the importance of the day. I would highly, highly recommend Leverton & Sons. May my wife rest in peace. James

Review by JAMES Y left on 27 Jun 2024

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It's always a first class professional service from Levertons. Carmel was understanding, calm, efficient and adaptable during a very difficult time. Thank you

Review by Linda F left on 27 Jun 2024

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Mrs Deborah Rush has been a model of the polite, patient, caring, knowledgeable, informative and efficient professional with a light touch one needs as a funeral director. I knew I was in safe hands before I even met her as she kindly moved her own car to allow me to park right outside her office after I had driven around for 20 minutes failing to find anywhere to park for our first planning meeting. Every subsequent communication was clear and mighty helpful guiding me through the whole process so the day of my Aunt's funeral was a polished, dignified and memorable event. All the details were attended to in measured manner; her team of Oliver, Ross and Jason and one gentlemen I failed to note the name of looked after me and the family in their own polite professional style. The team were kind and flexible allowing some of the congregation to assist in the entrance of the coffin at the start of the service. I am most grateful for the truly excellent service provided by Deborah and her team throughout the last three and a half weeks. Thank you.

Review by Malcolm Y left on 19 Jun 2024

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Mrs Deborah Rush has been a model of the polite, patient, caring, knowledgeable, informative and efficient professional with a light touch one needs as a funeral director. I knew I was in safe hands before I even met her as she kindly moved her own car to allow me to park right outside her office after I had driven around for 20 minutes failing to find anywhere to park for our first planning meeting. Every subsequent communication was clear and mighty helpful guiding me through the whole process so the day of my Aunt's funeral was a polished, dignified and memorable event. All the details were attended to in measured manner; her team of Oliver, Ross and Jason and one gentlemen I failed to note the name of looked after me and the family in their own polite professional style. The team were kind and flexible allowing some of the congregation to assist in the entrance of the coffin at the start of the service. I am most grateful for the truly excellent service provided by Deborah and her team throughout the last three and a half weeks. Thank you.

Review by Malcolm Y left on 19 Jun 2024

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