Incorporating Lee & Holmes, and A Vause

About Us


We are a team of conscientious and caring funeral professionals with decades of experience. Established in 1935, our heritage of serving the communities of Harrogate, Knaresborough, Killinghall, Pateley Bridge and Ripon stretches back over generations. We are proud to bring together two of Harrogate’s longest-established and best respected names in funeral care: Lee & Holmes (Pateley Bridge) and A Vause & Son (Killinghall).

Over these years, we have the honour of creating a place to make you feel welcome: a place where you are the priority and have the freedom of time and choice before, during, and after your loved one’s funeral. We promise to help you in every way we can in your bereavement journey.

We provide a discrete and bespoke personal service and home arrangements.

We are here to help you 24 hours a day 365 days a year. If you have questions regarding funeral services or need our support, please call us on 01423 202121 .


We are a funeral business who pride ourselves on the warm feedback we have received from serving our local families for generations.  We know that all funeral directors are different and that each funeral is unique. To ensure we provide you with exactly what you want, we have built our approach on six key values:

We are caring and empathetic with all our clients, their families and friends
We are transparent and act with respect, honesty and openness, with everyone we work with and in everything we do
We see you as an individual, our dedicated team will provide what you want, the way you want
We are part of our community, respectful, engaging and welcoming to all
We are dedicated and professional throughout, and set ourselves the highest standards of care across every aspect of our service
We have a can-do attitude and are prepared to go the extra mile for you and your family, to ensure you have just what you want for your loved one

Our Promise

We capture what our values mean for us in one simple promise to you, our customers:

“We promise to give you a personalised service, with support, care and reassurance when you need it most”

Our Team

Our friendly and professional team is highly trained and always available and committed to supporting you with any aspect of the funeral of your choice.


Funeral Manager


Funeral Operative

Testimonial (1)

Terry Lancaster

I would like to thank the entire team at A vause & son for giving my mum a great send off. Our funeral director was so helpful and respectful. the whole day went like clockwork. I would also like to publicly thank our celebrant for a great service. Everyone attending said how wonderful the Eulogy was & how it was delivered. This the first time i had to organise a funeral you helped me out all the way. Many thanks.

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