See the historic premises of the UK's first permanent funeral museum
The Grade II listed premises of Frederick W Paine funeral directors at special open days during Heritage Open Days 2019.
Frederick William Paine was born in April 1870 and joined his father's firm of house furnishers, estate agents and undertakers in 1884, subsequently taking over the business in New Malden. In 1908 he opened an office at 24 London Road in Kingston and over the next three decades established a network of branches throughout south west London and north Surrey. By the time of his death in March 1945 Frederick W Paine was one of the largest firms of funeral directors in the country.
Exploring the premises
The Frederick W Paine Museum contains photographs and artefacts charting the firm’s history and development. The exhibition room is housed within a wooden-panelled Grade II listed Edwardian funeral director’s premises. It is unique in being the first permanent funeral museum in the UK.
Records of all the funerals the firm has carried out since 1908 have been preserved in the branch.
Historical and genealogical enquiries are welcome.
Open: 21 September 10am to 4pm, 22 September 1pm to 4pm. No booking necessary.
Location: close to the 'out of order' red telephone box installation in the centre of Kingston, London.
Heritage Open Days
The above event is part of Heritage Open Days, 13 to 22 September 2019, allowing people to explore places not normally open to the public and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep. This year a special programme of ‘People Power’ events will focus on highlighting historic and contemporary communities, groups and individuals who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.
To explore the 5,000+ events visit the website.