William and Hannah Pratt were carriage masters. Hannah was also a laying out lady.
William Pratt passed away. Hannah Pratt carried on with the business with the help of George Seller.
Joseph Charles Barsby ‘Charlie’ was born. He was the only child of Charles Seabridge & Mary Hannah Barsby in Newbold Verdon.
G. Seller became funeral directors with the introduction of our own carpenters.
Charlie Barsby finished his 7 year apprenticeship as a wheelwright with Thomas Hodgkin. A wheelwright served the local community with the manufacture of cartwheels and coffins for the bereaved. Later on this year Charlie Barsby with £25.00 in his hands formed a partnership with William Bostock and formed ‘Bostock and Barsby.’ William Bostock died suddenly in Charlies arms and out of respect Charlie always kept the name ‘Bostock’ in the firm’s name. Charlie’s reputation for quality handwork, reliability and the ethos of doing a job properly meant that he started to be entrusted by the local community of Barwell and Newbold Verdon to undertake their funerals. Bostock and Barsby had evolved with the changing environment. From cartwheels and the increase in demand for motorised transport saw Charlie have the foresight to construct wooden bodies on a motorised chassis. These were the early interpretation to lorries that we know today.
Hannah Pratt passed away.
With the changing attitudes and need for motorised transport, families wanted the chance to visit their loved one in a Chapel of Rest and the conveyance of their loved one to local crematoria. Charlie forged a relationship with a certain George Seller of Hinckley. When Charlie was called upon to serve a bereaved family, their loved one was conveyed to the Chapel of Rest in Hinckley. The hearse and following cars were also hired from George Seller.
Charlie Barsby bought the business from George Seller. George wanted to retire and gave Charlie the first refusal to purchase to which he accepted immediately. Charlie felt that if he was to continue serving the bereaved, he had to become a complete funeral director. George Seller’s brother, Arthur confirmed he’d live at the premises in Hinckley, leaving Charlie to oversee Bostock & Barsby.
G. Seller & Co. Ltd moved into a new purpose built funeral home that stands to this day, with the latest facilities including enclosed garaging for a Rolls Royce Fleet of 2 Phantom V Limousines and a Silver Shadow Hearse.
David Charles Barsby, Charlie’s youngest son decided to give up his aspiration of becoming a professional footballer and train to become an embalmer.
George Seller passed away.
David C. Barsby passed his embalming exams achieving the highest marks in the British Institute of Embalmers that year.
David C. Barsby gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing and became one of the youngest fully qualified Funeral Directors in the UK.
David and his wife, Rose, went to live and run G. Seller & Co. Ltd.
G. Seller & Co. Ltd purchased the four cottages and Co-Operative store. The grocery store was to become a new memorial showroom and stone workshop.
The car park and Old Co-Operative bakehouse was purchased after the Sunbro Hosiery Company ceased to trade.
This saw the updating of our fleet with 3 new Rolls Royce Phantom VI limousines. One of which was built for a Royal Tour of New Zealand.
The catering room was opened and a full drinks licence was granted.
Rose Barsby passed away.
Joseph Charles Barsby senior passed away.
David and Susan Barsby got married.
Joseph Charles Barsby, the only son of David and Susan Barsby was born.
Introduction of our first ever low line Volvo fleet.
Newbold Verdon branch office opened.
Introduction of our first Mercedes-Benz fleet.
The bakehouse was extensively refurbished.
Joseph Charles Barsby joined the firm.
Amy Elizabeth Smith joined the firm.
G. Seller & Co. Ltd purchased a new fleet of 3 black Mercedes-Benz Limousines.
Newbold Verdon branch was extensively refurbished.
Joseph and Amy got married.
Glen Parva Branch opening