The Funeral Bier
Pennington Parish Wheeled Funeral Bier
The Pennington Parish wheeled funeral bier is 99 years old, originally purchased in 1919 to transport residents of the Parish on their last journey, it is a testament to its workmanship. It has been used twice within the last 10 years. It was beautifully restored recently by a local resident. Can anyone help me by providing me with any information about it. The archived Pennington Parish minutes has been very useful, but apart from contacting Gadsdons who built the Chassis, there is no information on who did the carpentry.
From Pennington Parish archived minutes:
J.H PARK Chairman 6 August 1919:
Gadsdons Coach Builders
From Peter Gadsdon:
I can only assume the bier was built locally in 1919 in Cumbria when it was presented to the Pennington Parish Council. Although the funeral bier was pushed by hand the parts of the chassis can be found in the 1930s Gadsdons Ltd catalogue. The parts were probably ordered by a local blacksmith to build the chassis for the Pennington bier and a local carpenter would have added the wooden parts or maybe the whole bier may have been built by a carriage maker.
The Gadsdons business closed in 1937 probably due to the coming of the motor cars being built enlarge numbers by firms such as Austin, Morris and the American owned Ford.
The Pennington Parish minutes are held at Barrow Archives. The photograph of the minutes opposite shows information on the Funeral Bier and the War Memorial