N. E. Downing (Blackheath) Ltd. is a family run Funeral Directors based in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. For four generations we have been privileged to serve many families within the surrounding areas during their time of crisis and loss. The company originated from Vicarage Road in Blackheath and has grown to encompass the whole of the Black Country area. As one of the West Midlands longest established independent family Funeral Directors, incorporating J.T. Brookes, J.R. Jones, Dainty & Downing and T. Hadley Funeral Directors; we are committed to providing the highest service to each family we serve and from the moment you get in touch we pride ourselves on personal attention to every detail.
The company was founded in 1919 by Charles Taylor of Blackheath, who is the Grandfather and Great Grandfather of the current Directors. Originally the company provided horse drawn hearses and coaches to other local Funeral Directors. Motor Vehicles were added to the fleet in 1926 and the company operated a taxi service and transport for disabled children together with a wedding car company. At this time the company was based in Upper Ashley Street and Vicarage Road Blackheath.
For many years Mr Taylor’s son in law, Eric Downing ran the business eventually being joined by his son Stephen and then his children William and Lucy who bring the company into the modern era. Charles Taylor’s daughter Doris was a director for many years as is Stephen’s wife Sue.