Our history & heritage

Our story began with Edward Carter, a well known and highly respected funeral director in Oxford in the 1950s. He was proud to have arranged and directed Sir Winston Churchill’s burial in Bladon in 1965. He then went on to start his own funeral business with his son Nigel, and Nigel now runs the family business with his own son, Paul.


A family business for over 40 years

The history of the business goes back to the early 1950s when Edward Carter joined a team of highly respected funeral directors in Oxford at Webber’s on the High Street (now part of the shop fronts of the Covered Market). He then moved to work at Elliston and Cavell (now Debenhams).

Edward’s proudest moment was arranging and directing Sir Winston Churchill’s burial in Bladon. This event is still remembered with photographs of the practice run and the letter of thanks from the Garter King of Arms, framed and proudly displayed in our office.

Edward and Nigel Carter outside our private Chapel of Rest in Abingdon.

Three generations of Carters

We are very proud of the fact that we are a family business, now in its third generation – and we are planning to continue long into the future.

Paul now runs the business with his father Nigel, and is proud and privileged to be able to join the family business, to help so many families and to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Edward Carter.

Edward Carter

Founder of the business and well known throughout Oxfordshire, Edward passed away in December 2004.

Nigel Carter.

Nigel Carter

Nigel has been a funeral director for over 30 years. He is also Pastor of Frilford Chapel and Chairman of local charity PHAB which inspires and supports children, young people and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life, together.

Paul Carter.

Paul Carter

Paul joined the business in 2009 and is proud to be the third generation. His wish is to ensure the business continues within the Carter family now and into the future.

Our Chapel of Rest

Our dedicated private Chapel of Rest in Abingdon’s Old Cemetery near Spring Road provides a peaceful and dignified environment for your loved ones.

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Our private Chapel of Rest in Abingdon.
Where we work

Funeral services in Abingdon and Wantage

Our funeral services are available through our Abingdon and Wantage offices, each offering the same high standard of care and commitment with compassion. Our teams are dedicated to helping families and loved ones navigate this difficult time with tact and experience.


Commitment with Compassion


We are committed to giving unrivalled, experienced support throughout the whole process and with all arrangements.

We really care about each and every family that we are privileged enough to help, and pride ourselves on offering a compassionate, supportive, human touch during this distressing time.

To find out more about our services, or for an informal chat about your personal requirements, please get in touch.

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107 South Avenue, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1QS

Telephone: 01235 528293

Email: enquiries@edcarterfd.co.uk

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15 Newbury Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 8BU

Telephone: 01235 770996

Email: enquiries@edcarterfd.co.uk

Paul Andrew Carter trading as Edward Carter Funeral Directors is an appointed representative of Golden Charter Limited trading as Golden Charter Funeral Plans which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:965279).

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