Belton’s “Undertaker” Memories

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Our mention of Belton’s undertakers business in the  Village  Voice, stirred the memories of Gladys brooks of Dashwood Close, Belton.

Belton’s undertaker was Mr Tom brooks,grandfather of Gladys’ late husband. It was a traditional undertakers situated behind the former Berry’s Store on Station Road North.

Mr Tom Brooks would collect the deceased on a horse – drawn hearse, attend to the departed and make coffins. His wife would be busy lining and helping around the business.

Mr Brooks served  not just Belton but Burgh Castle and St. olaves  too.. After Mr Brooks’ death the buisness passed to a relative and was later sold.Gladys  remembers visiting quite often. ” there were old smells” she says, “but I never scared.