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established 1790

It was in 1790, when the founder of the business, John Turnbull, began work as a cabinetmaker and undertaker on the quayside at North Shields.

Back then, it was horses that provided the transport for the hearses and Turnbull’s also operated as successful coachbuilders and livery owners.

Over the following decades, our funeral services gained an unrivalled reputation for personalised care and professionalism.

Seven generations on, the horses have been replaced by a fleet of beautiful, high quality motor vehicles and the focus of the business is wholly funeral care.


seventh generation

Today Turnbull’s is still the same family-run business. We have grown in size, and our premises have moved into the town of North Shields many years ago, but we still maintain the same exacting standards, individualised care and attention to detail.

Few businesses can claim to have such a long history – and we are proud of our special place in the North Shields community.

We are still a family run business with current managing director Jane Broadhead, daughter of Mr James Turnbull.


here to support, help and advise

We are here to support and guide you through every detail, helping you create a fitting ceremony and celebration of life.

Everything that we do is built on empathy, choice and providing value. Our belief is that since we’re all unique, our funerals should be too.

When a death occurs we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us if you need help and advice around bereavement even if not considering us as funeral director.

Call – 0191 257 1201

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