A long standing family tradition offering a professional and skilled service
In 1701 Mark Myers of Wheldrake was the local carpenter and wheelwright, Mark decided to use his skills as a carpenter to start making coffins for the local community of Wheldrake. As time went on the role of the coffin maker soon became that of a undertaker/funeral director. Every generation of the Myers family since have entered into the funeral industry and all worked as funeral directors serving the local community. It was Ian Myers during the 1960s who expanded the tradition to include serving the entire York community as well as the village of Wheldrake where the firm was founded.
In May 1999 James joined the family firm as a gravedigger, coffin maker and funeral directors assistant and was taught the trade his family knew so well. In February 2005 Ian sadly passed away while overseeing a funeral at St Giles church Copmanthorpe which left James the difficult task of taking over the family firm at the age of 20. The Funeral Directors at that time was very small operating from Ian's home, later in 2005 after Ian's death James opened up the office and showroom on Main Street in Wheldrake where the firm is still based today. In 2007 with the guidance of the late Joe Smith of J W Smith memorials also based in Wheldrake James was shown the memorial industry and with the help of Mr Smith he became a memorial consultant as well as a funeral director.
In 2010 Mr Smith decided it was time for some well earned rest and asked James if he would be interested in purchasing the equipment and stock from J W Smith memorials so he may carry on the firm under his own name. James and his wife Nicola decided to purchase the equipment along with the stock and opened J W Myers Monumental Masons. Later in 2010 James and Nicola opened their own workshop just outside Wheldrake where all our memorials are created while the office and showroom remains at 3A Main Street in Wheldrake. We also have our new recently opened office and showroom serving the Goole area at 29 Pasture Road, Goole. In keeping with the family management and ownership Julie Andrews, James mother in law runs and manages our Goole branch.
Sadly Mr Joe Smith passed away in February 2011 so didn't get the opportunity to see the firms success under its new name. Since 2010 James and his wife Nicola have successfully run the family firm together and James still runs and works as a Funeral Director while Nicola handles the memorial side and is a highly trained memorial consultant and designer. J W Myers Monumental Masons today are one of the largest memorial specialists in the York and Goole area offering over 350 memorial types and designs in all granites, slates, marble and natural stones.
If you have any questions or require any information please feel free to contact us, please browse our Facebook page via the link in the top right of this page at the work we have done in the past and the restoration work we undertake. Please browse our website and comprehensive online brochure. We offer full grave care services including bedding plants and turfing along with memorial restorations. We have some of the countries top memorial artists at our disposal and enjoy creating bespoke memorials. We also do a lot of charity work raising funds for local and animal charities along with donating to our local community.
Our team are here to help you choose the memorial best suited to you. We can help you and offer professional guidance step by step through the process. We deal with all paperwork and applications to erect a memorial by applying to churchyards, cemeteries, city councils or local councils to get the required permission while sticking to the rules and regulations required.