The earliest evidence for the use of wooden coffins dates to 5000 BC and was found in the Tomb 4 at Beishouling, Shaanxi. There have been many designs and styles of coffin over the centuries but by far the most common styles in the UK are the tapered six sided box (also considered to be anthropoidal in shape) which is referred to as a “coffin”, and the square sided, rectangular box referred to as a “casket”. The now universal “coffin” design, built to be wider at the shoulders and narrower at the feet, was designed originally to save money on wood.

With the growing resurgence of cremation in the western world many coffins are now made of thinner and lighter materials such as particle board or low density fibre board in order to minimise the carbon footprint and use of natural resources. It has also become standard practice to use these lighter coffins for burials unless a solid wood coffin or casket is specifically desired. Another growing move is to personalise the coffin to the deceased’s lifestyle and personality, for example painting a coffin in a favourite team’s colours or draping the coffin in a themed flag.

There is emerging interest in eco-friendly coffins made of purely natural materials such as bamboo, willow or banana leaf and it is becoming increasingly popular to use cardboard coffins. We offer a large range of natural and cardboard coffins which you can see on our Green Funerals page.

Please note that our standard price includes a beautiful wood veneer coffin, The Tutbury, at no extra cost.

Wood Effect Coffins

Our Wood Effect Coffins offer the aesthetics of a high-quality wood finish but without the price. They also require less raw material to produce and release far less CO2 than solid wood coffins, so they are better for the environment.

The Tutbury
£250
The Carsington
£295
The Wrexham
£295
Wood Veneer Coffins

Very similar to our Wood Effect Coffins these offer a high quality gloss veneer finish that is practically indistinguishable from polished wood. We offer a large range of Veneer Coffins so please click below to see our full range and find a coffin that you feel is perfectly suited for the occasion.

The York
£300
The Kedlestone
£320
The Ashbourne
£380
The Repton
£330
Solid Wood Coffins

These are high quality, hard wood coffins offering robust construction with premium aesthetics. If a solid wood coffin is important to you then these offer an excellent choice at a reasonable price. However, if solid wood is not a factor then please consider the environmental impact and choose a Wood Effect or Veneer Coffin. This will also reduce the cost of the funeral considerably.

The Sherwood
£490
The Derby
£570
The Ascot
£590
The Chesterfield
£630
Caskets

The word casket was originally coined to describe an ornamental box used to hold jewellery or other precious items. Based on a much older design tradition a polished casket offers a very formal and stately feel as it is carried into the church or chapel. The Casket design does offer a more distinct aesthetic because it is selected for only a small percentage of funerals these days.

The Atherton
£340 (Wood Veneer Casket)
The Ashbourne Casket
£380 (Wood Veneer Casket)
The Windsor
£720 (Solid Wood Casket)
The Westminster
£790 (Solid Wood Casket)
Baby and Infant

Our collection of baby and infant coffins and caskets are available in a range of different sizes and colours. While there is nothing we can do to alleviate the pain of losing a young life, each coffin is carefully lined for a soft and comfortable final sleep.

Baby Pink Coffin
£50
Baby Blue Casket
£50
Veneer Oak Coffin
£50
Last Supper Collection

Depicting Biblical and religious themes these coffins are best suited for religious and especially catholic funerals. Each scene is artfully countersunk into the body of the coffin presenting a beautiful and polished wood-effect finish.

The Last Supper
£450
The Crown of Thorns
£450
The Lourdes Scene
£450
The Foot of the Cross
£450
Natural Coffins

For those who want to combine a natural beauty with an eco-friendly funeral we offer a range of Natural Coffins. Bamboo, Banana and Willow coffins are especially suitable for environmentally friendly burial and our simple but beautiful cardboard coffins are the best eco-solution for both burial and cremation. Click below to see our full range of coffins for green funerals.

Testimonials

Please accept this small token to show our appreciation for all that you did for me and my family as we said our farewell to Gary. In spite of the appalling weather you all provided an excellent service.

Thank you so much

Shirley Hamilton and the family - December 2020

Dear Nathan, Jeremy and Brendon,

We all just wanted to say thank you for the way you looked after our Dad’s cremation. It was lovely to see the video you made for us and we felt you went above and beyond.

Many thanks,

Debbie, Jon, Vanessa, Adele and Sue - June 2020

Thank you so much for the way you dealt with my husband Dennis’ funeral. It was done with great dignity and respect and for your kindness!

Mandi Martin - October 2018

Dear Brendon, Nathan, Jeremy and all at Penrose,

I write to thank you all for your very excellent arrangement of Denzil’s funeral. Your calm, clear and efficient directions before, during and after the service have guided us through every stage. We are very grateful for all you have done for us at this sad time for us all.

I think you may have gathered that Denzil was a very special man!

With Warm Regards

Wendy Watson and Family - Feb 2021

Dear Penrose,

Many thanks for looking after John whilst he was in your care. Also thank you for all your help and support you gave us to give John a good send off on his final journey.

Such professional, caring and compassionate people.

A huge big thank you from all of us

Gillian, Sarah, Richard and families - May 2019

To Nathan, Jeremy and everyone at Penrose, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful send off you gave Elaine, your respect and attention to detail was second to none. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Luv from All of Elaine’s friends and family xx

- March 2017

Dear Nathan and team

Just wanted to say a heartfelt thankyou to you and all at Penrose for your dignity, help and support yesterday and beforehand in the arrangement of dad’s funeral. It was a lovely send-off and your professionalism and courtesy on the day was first-rate and warmly appreciated by our family and friends.
Best wishes
Rachel Harkes - April 2021

To all the team at Penrose,

Thankyou so much for the dignified way that you conducted my husband’s funeral. It was all I could have wished for under difficult circumstances.

Also for the kind and caring attitude you all had towards myself and my family,

Thank you once again,

Frances Curtis - January 2021
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