Coleman Milne is the market leader in creating, building and selling hearses and limousines in the United Kingdom, using its own British engineers. The Company’s objective is to provide a range of hearses and limousines of leading design, which are competitively priced and of a quality appropriate to their function.
Pierceys Coachbuilders formed to serve a market with Horsedrawn & Hansom Cabs
Thomas Woodall Nicholson bought & re launched Piercey’s under his own name
Following the death of Thomas, control was passed to son Charles who specialised in building bespoke bodywork for various prominent motor manufacturers
Under new management, Woodall Nicholson began specialise in converting used Rolls-Royce chassis into hearses
Coleman Milne established at Bolton by partners John Coleman & Roderick Milne
MK 1 Zephyr & Zodiac released
MK 2 Zephyr & Zodiac released
MK 3 Zephyr & Zodiac released
MK 4 Zephyr & Zodiac released
Coleman Milne became the supplier of choice for Ford Vehicle Conversions for the UK funeral trade
MK 5 Granada I Hearse and Limousine released
MK 6 Granada II Hearse and Limousine released
Coleman Milne was sold to the Hawley Group
Woodall Nicholson & Hawley Group merged and Coleman Milne became specialist in Funeral Vehicle conversions
The Hawley Group purchased the famous Henlys chain of BL dealers, and promptly formed a Motoring Division comprising Henlys and Coleman Milne
MK 7 Scorpio Granada I Hearse and Limousine released
The Hawley Group was purchased by ADT, who closed down the Halifax operation and centered the coachbuilding activities at Coleman Milne’s base at Westhoughton, Bolton.
Two years later, ADT sold Henlys and Coleman Milne to the Plaxton Group, the bus and coach manufacturer based in Scarborough, Yorkshire.
MK 8 Scorpio Granada II Hearse and Limousine released
Mercedes E-Class 124 Hearse and Limousine released
Following a Management buy out, Woodall Nicholson became holding company for Coleman Milne & Mellor Coach Craft
MK 9 Scorpio Granada III Hearse and Limousine released
Mercedes E-Class 210 Hearse and Limousine released
Coleman Milne lead the field with the launch of the first Australian Ford range of ceremonial vehicles - The MK 10
Mercedes E-Class 211 Hearse and Limousine released
2000 - 2009
Saab 9-5 Hearse and Limousine released
MK 11 Australian Ford face lift BA & BF Hearse and Limousine released
Mercedes E-Class 212 Hearse and Limousine released
2013 - June
First Coleman Milne S-Class luxury limousine was delivered to Donald Mclaren Funeral Directors in Scotland
2013 - July
Management buy out - FD & MD retires. Former Sales Director becomes MD with Brian Davidson as Chairman and Dan Jackson as FD
2016 - January
Launch of the 2016 Norwood & Rosedale collection based on the Ford Mondeo
2017 - June
Launch the all new Mercedes E213 range at the NFE in Stoneleigh
Used Car Search
Our selection of pre-owned hearses includes brands like Mercedes Benz, Vauxhall, Ford, Rolls Royce and more. You can find a large range of pre-owned limousines of different ages and mileages via our approved used search.
London’s ULEZ: Everything You Need to Know
London’s new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is now being enforced, as of 8th April 2019. Part of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, the zone wil
Woodall Nicholson Group acquires former BINZ GmbH & Co. KG & BINZ Holding B.V.
Woodall Nicholson Group, based in Westhoughton, Bolton UK, have exclusively acquired the intellectual property, trademarks and strategic assets of the
William Houghton Funeral Director
We have been running the vehicles for over 12 months now and I am confident I made the right decision in choosing our new Ford Norwood Classic Hearse and matching Limousine from Coleman Milne which represent our company so well.
N. & K. Harvey Funerals Ltd:
Coleman Milne supplied us with a beautiful hearse and limousine. All the staff we have dealt with have been most obliging and nothing is too much trouble. To put it in a nutshell; they are a good company to deal with
Martin Rankin Funeral Directors
First class service every time from every member of the team.
We have been a customer of Coleman Milne since 2011 and are over-the-moon with the new addition to our fleet. Trish and Eddie at Coleman Milne have looked after our every requirement from point of order through to delivery.
Craven Funeral Directors
Coleman Milne have a long history of excellent service and high standards, we chose these cars for their quality build and the extra comfort they will provide for our customers.
F. Martin & Sons
“We’re very happy with our new Mercedes E213; Coleman Milne have given every attention to detail with this vehicle.”