Fred Stevens Funeral Directors was originally established as a building company early in the first half of the 20th Century, and in common with many other builders, funerals were a small sideline. By 1960 the company was in second generation hands, and in 1986 began trading solely as funeral directors.
Our purpose-built premises in Newmarket Road, Nailsworth. This peaceful location, with ample parking on-site, looks straight out onto the heart of the picturesque Newmarket valley. A comfortable lounge is available for clients wishing to make funeral arrangements and there is privacy and seclusion for visitors to the Chapels Of Rest as well. A separate annexe houses our private mortuary, coffin workshop and garaging for the vehicle fleet.
The original shop premises in Market Street, Nailsworth, photographed in January 1972. At that time the Chapel Of Rest was separately located at Prices Mill, Newmarket Road - adjacent to which our purpose-built premises, Mill Place, now stand. (Photograph taken by, & reproduced courtesy of, Mr. David Fraser, British Columbia, Canada.)
With the combined populations of Chalford Hill & Bussage representing an almost self-contained community within the Stroud district, we felt the provision of a more locally-based funeral service was now an appropriate step. Being given the opportunity to redevelop the former Bussage Garage - the home of Beavis Coaches for over 60 years - has enabled us to fulfil our vision of a suitably located, properly equipped funeral home right in the heart of the Bussage & Chalford area. Just like our existing Nailsworth office, our new Bussage funeral home also benefits from a convenient, yet peaceful location with picturesque views across the Toadsmoor valley. Dedicated on-site parking is combined with privacy and seclusion for visitors when making arrangements or visiting the Chapel Of Rest.