Funeral History

Our History

A.R. Adams (Funeral Directors) Ltd has been established since 1900, originally serving the community of Poplar in the East-End of London. In 1915 Archibald Richard Adams expanded his funeral business into Thundersley and later Rayleigh.  As the local funeral director, he was a prominent member of both the Essex and East-End Community.

A.R.Adams had offices and stables in Poplar, Leytonstone, Ilford, Thundersley and Rayleigh.  Archibald died in 1949 and it is our understanding that the London offices were sold off and just the Essex offices were kept.  The business fell to the hands of the 2nd generation and upon return from war, Archibald’s son, also Archibald took over the reins of the company.

These pages are somewhat of an archive of snippets and stories we have managed to find regarding the companies history.  If you can recall any historical tales of A.R.Adams please contact us as we’d love to hear from you.

A.R.Adams Archive


Natural Death Centre
National Association of Funeral Directors
The Good Funeral Guide


  • Without hesitation recommended AR Adams. They are exceptional. From our very first visit we knew we were in good hands. AR Adams are shining example of a company that knows how things should be done.
    Gillian Purdon10th January 2015
  • The Thorpe Bay office provided us with the most exceptional care and kindness when my Mum left us. I am more than grateful and have already recommended the services of this excellent company.
    Elalne3rd April 2016
  • Words can't say how much they cared for my dad, myself and my brother when we suddenly lost our Mum. Nothing was too much and they went above and beyond and helped us go through the arrangements. Thank you.
    Christine Jemal14th May 2016
  • We used these when our dear friend Bill passed away a few years ago , they arranged everything we wanted , horse drawn hearse carriage was amazing . Staff very respectful and all went smoothly.
    Melanie Wood6th September 2016
  • My grandad passed away in April and we used Adams and the service was fab I work in care and I always recommend this company couldn't of asked for anything better and nothing was to much to ask.
    Michelle Marie Stimpson6th September 2015


As your local funeral director we are here to help and advise you in whatever way we can. 
We are dedicated professionals who provide a personal service to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

01268 743102 for Rayleigh or 01702 586383 for Thorpe Bay