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:

All the arrangements were made easily and quickly. Deborah and her team were kind, helpful and efficient. I could not have asked for more.

Review by Stephanie B left on 15 Apr 2024


There is no other company I would trust with organising a funeral, everything runs smoothly from start to finish. The staff are always so understanding and accomodating. Thank you as always levertons. Highly Recommend

Review by Patricia T left on 11 Apr 2024


I never had to arrange a funeral but with your help from registering Tony with you before he was repatriated through the whole process your expertise and kindness and patience were invaluable . The funeral went without a hitch you carried it out with dignity and respect you and your staff have shown why Levertons is and will always be a service that my family have always used and will continue to use and recommending Andrew was amazing he truly led one of the best services I have seen in a while and such a fitting tribute to Tony . So pass on my thanks to Andrew to your team and you for helping me and my family through such a tough and sad time in our lives .

Review by Zoe H left on 11 Apr 2024


From first contact, through to the service and after, I cannot fault the support we had from Levertons. At a very difficult and challenging time, we always felt we were in very safe hands. Thank you

Review by Katehound K left on 09 Apr 2024


Review by George Z left on 09 Apr 2024


From making the phone call to book funeral services to the very end of the process we were treated with kindness, respect and every request we made was met with ease. On the day all of the staff involved were very courteous and everything ran very smoothly, which make such a had experience much easier to bare.

Review by Terri O left on 09 Apr 2024


We went to Leverton’s after we had visited another funeral directors. From the moment we walked in and Deborah Rush, the funeral directors at Fortis Green, greeted us we felt confident in her management of my Mother’s funeral. The process was seamless and Deborah advised and enabled us in planning and undertaking a very personal funeral.

Review by Jacki P left on 06 Apr 2024


Our mother was treated respectfully and all our requests were carried out efficiently. Deborah was helpful and made sure the funeral ran smoothly down to the last details. Thank you.

Review by Angela C left on 05 Apr 2024


I found Levertons to be both charming and helpful. They guided me through the whole process very well.

Review by Caroline G left on 04 Apr 2024


Leverton and Sons handled all the arrangements for my mother's funeral with the utmost care,discretion and professionalism. As a family we are extremely grateful to them for their support at such a difficult time.

Review by Maralyn R left on 02 Apr 2024


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