Over 95 years of Service to the Community

Norman Lock and Son Funeral Service is an independent family owned and managed Funeral Home in Black Torrington, Beaworthy, Devon. The Lock family has been serving the local community for more than 95 years and has conducted thousands of funerals.

The origins of the family business can be traced back to the late 19th century in Shebbear, where Wentworth Lock (Wenty to his friends) lived and worked as the local carpenter. In those times, it was traditional for families to look after their own funeral arrangements. One of Wenty's tasks was to make coffins for local families, but as time went by, he realised that people needed more help. His son Norman, who had also followed his father into the family's traditional trade, began to work with Wenty, organising local funerals and the Family Business was born. In those days, there was no hearse, so coffins were sometimes carried several miles to church by local men. A time keeper made sure that the courtege arrived at precisely the correct time.

Norman Lock opened the present premises in Black Torrington in the early 1970s.

Chris Lock, Norman's son followed his father into the business and with both father and son living in the village, the family have always been able to ensure a personal service and a comforting welcome to visitors to the chapel of rest.

Kate, Chris's daughter has also qualified as a funeral director, by studying and gaining her Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD), thereby ensuring that the family tradition of care and professionalism is passed down the gererations.

Today the company is directed by Chris Lock,Wenty´s grandson.


We are able to provide, erect, maintain and refurbish many styles of memorials, to suit your personal taste and requirements and will help you to choose a beautifully crafted memorial to your loved one - from a simple headstone to an individual memorial, designed to your own specification.. We will also take care of the administrative arrangements required by the church, chapel or other location where the memorial is to be sited.


The choice of a coffin is a very personal matter. We are able to offer a wide selection, from traditional wood or wood effect coffins, to environmentally friendly options, including beautiful coffins, hand-woven in the West Country, from local willow.

We are proud to source our coffins and caskets locally.


Norman Lock and Son is an approved member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

The National Association of Funeral Directors demands high professional standards so, in order to be accepted into membership, funeral firms are assessed against strict criteria. Members of the NAFD are then required to abide by a stringent Code of Practice and are monitored regularly to ensure a high quality of service is maintained.