There is a certain imposing quality to Coleman Milne funeral vehicles. It is their presence, their distinctive design, their performance and the respect that they command.

Our History

  • 1820

    Pierceys Coachbuilders formed to serve a market with Horsedrawn & Hansom Cabs

  • 1873

    Thomas Woodall Nicholson bought & re launched Piercey’s under his own name

  • 1914

    Following the death of Thomas, control was passed to son Charles who specialised in building bespoke bodywork for various prominent motor manufacturers

  • 1933

    Under new management, Woodall Nicholson began specialise in converting used Rolls-Royce chassis into hearses

  • 1953

    Coleman Milne established at Bolton by partners John Coleman & Roderick Milne

  • 1954

    MK 1 Zephyr & Zodiac released

  • 1956

    MK 2 Zephyr & Zodiac released

  • 1962

    MK 3 Zephyr & Zodiac released

  • 1966

    MK 4 Zephyr & Zodiac released

  • 1970

    Coleman Milne became the supplier of choice for Ford Vehicle Conversions for the UK funeral trade

  • 1972

    MK 5 Granada I Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1977

    MK 6 Granada II Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1981

    Coleman Milne was sold to the Hawley Group

  • 1983

    Woodall Nicholson & Hawley Group merged and Coleman Milne became specialist in Funeral Vehicle conversions

  • 1985

    The Hawley Group purchased the famous Henlys chain of BL dealers, and promptly formed a Motoring Division comprising Henlys and Coleman Milne

  • 1986

    MK 7 Scorpio Granada I Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1987

    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.

  • 1989

    Two years later, ADT sold Henlys and Coleman Milne to the Plaxton Group, the bus and coach manufacturer based in Scarborough, Yorkshire.

  • 1991

    MK 8 Scorpio Granada II Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1991

    Mercedes E-Class 124 Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1992

    Following a Management buy out, Woodall Nicholson became holding company for Coleman Milne & Mellor Coach Craft

  • 1995

    MK 9 Scorpio Granada III Hearse and Limousine released

  • 1996

    Mercedes E-Class 210 Hearse and Limousine released

  • 2001

    Coleman Milne lead the field with the launch of the first Australian Ford range of ceremonial vehicles - The MK 10

  • 2003

    Mercedes E-Class 211 Hearse and Limousine released

  • 2000 - 2009

    Saab 9-5 Hearse and Limousine released

  • 2009

    MK 11 Australian Ford face lift BA & BF Hearse and Limousine released

  • 2011

    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

Since 1953, Coleman Milne has been the market leader in creating, building and selling hearses and limousines in the United Kingdom, using its own British engineers.

Today, the Company’s objective is to provide a range of hearses and limousines of leading design which are competitively priced, economical to operate and of a quality appropriate to their function.

We deliver the same quality of product and service to every Funeral Director regardless of their fleet size:

  • National sales coverage via four regional sales managers
  • Complete sales support via on site sales administrators, marketing and Used Vehicle Department
  • Dedicated Aftersales Service – ‘One Stop Shop’ facility
  • In-house Warranty and Transport Manager
  • Knowledgeable parts department
  • Mobile service technician to enable on-site fixes
  • Major supplier to the largest national funeral group operators producing in excess of 160 vehicles per year
First Class Service and Support

Our aftercare extends to a level that provides a benchmark to which others can only aspire. We offer a full manufacturer’s warranty with every new vehicle controlled by our in-house Warranty Manager.

This is complimented by our Field Service Technician and knowledgeable in-house Parts department to help keep your vehicles in service.

Coleman Milne has some of the most advanced workshops in the industry. Incorporating the latest technologies in design, engineering and class leading manufacturing complimented by traditional time honoured coach building crafts and workmanship.

Meet the Team

  • Frank Barrett


    Frank Barrett


    Frank joined the Group in 2018 as CEO. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of engineering and manufacturing settings and held a range of roles from Development Support Engineer through to Operations Director and CEO.

    T: 01942 815600
  • Geoff Hudson

    Commercial Director

    Geoff Hudson

    Commercial Director

    Geoff has been with the company for over 44 years and has worked in all three divisions. Geoff joined the company as an apprentice coachbuilder straight from school and has worked his way through the business to Managing Director.

    T: 01942 815 600
  • Graham Clow

    National Sales Manager

    Graham Clow

    National Sales Manager

    Graham has been with the company over 20 years and has vast knowledge of the funeral vehicle market. Graham has built up a portfolio of loyal customers during his time with the company who not only enjoy the quality of the Coleman Milne product but also the best in class customer service we offer.

    T: 07860 380 450
  • Stacey Moore

    Area Sales Manager - Central/Southern England & South Wales

    Stacey Moore

    Area Sales Manager - Central/Southern England & South Wales

    Stacey comes from an Account Management background within the automotive industry. She provides businesses across central UK with expert knowledge and customer sales and after sales care.

    T: 07393 014281
  • Tony Kerr

    Area Sales Manager – Scotland & NI

    Tony Kerr

    Area Sales Manager – Scotland & NI

    The face of the North - Tony Kerr is the Regional Account Manager for the whole of Scotland and the North East of England. As a Scotsman himself - Tony knows his region well and is best placed to offer a wealth of knowledge to all existing and prospective customers.

    T: 07860 586 850
  • Eddie Marsden

    Area Sales Manager - Central England & North Wales

    Eddie Marsden

    Area Sales Manager - Central England & North Wales

    Since joining the company as a parts advisor in 1987, Eddie offers a wealth of product knowledge on new & used ceremonial vehicles and removal ambulances to customers in the central England region.

    T: 07919 162 564
  • Sean Deane

    Used Vehicles Sales Manager

    Sean Deane

    Used Vehicles Sales Manager

    Sean joined the team in 2018 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the motor retail industry. He started out as an apprentice mechanic straight out of school and soon moved into the management and day-to-day running of a new service station on site. Since then, Sean has held various management positions and worked with many of the UK’s leading manufacturers.

    T: 07545 927618
  • Tricia McDonnell

    Sales Administrator

    Tricia McDonnell

    Sales Administrator

    Since joining the company in 2011, Tricia has become an essential member of the sales function. She provides valued support to all the Area Sales Managers and senior management in the company and liaises directly with customers on a daily basis maintaining open lines of communication.

    T: 01942 815 600
  • Shaun Sherrington

    Parts Department

    Shaun Sherrington

    Parts Department

    After 20 years in the aerospace industry, Shaun has spent the last 10 years dedicated to Coleman Milne. Shaun’s role is vital in providing a fast, reliable service to keep down-time of vehicles to a minimum and reaching the highest levels of customer service.

    T: 01942 850 336
  • Donna Smith


    Donna Smith


    Since 2008 Donna has been the recognisable voice of Coleman Milne. As receptionist Donna is responsible for helping you with your enquiry and delivering first class customer service at the start of your journey. Not sure who you need to speak to? Donna will point you in the right direction.

  • Kirsty Scanlan


    Kirsty Scanlan


    Kirsty joined the team at the start of 2017 assisting Donna on reception during the busiest hours of the day. Our reception team delivers a friendly, professional first point of contact for customers and suppliers alike.



Coleman Milne
Wigan Road, Westhoughton
Bolton, BL5 2EE, UK


Tel: 01942 815600
Fax: 01942 815115

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