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History and Family

A.B.Walker is actually a seventh generation business that has been in the Walker family for five generations having been started by Mr Benjamin Dunn in 1826. Subsequently, Alfred Blyth Walker married his granddaughter and eventually acquired the business in 1882. The current working members of the family are all directors of the company: Julian, Matthew and his wife Melissa. In addition, Julian’s wife Nicola Kirk, a lawyer, is a non-executive director, and Terry Goodsell, a Chartered Accountant, serves as our non-family Chairman.

Walker Family

Julian, Melissa and Matthew Walker

As with any family business, the heritage, values and culture of our family are readily infused into everything we do; when offering such a personal service, we believe this makes all the difference.

Family History

A.B. Walker was established in 1826 in Reading as ‘Coach Masters’; the Walker family originally from Marlow moved in the 1870’s to Crown Street, Reading before settling on the present day site on Eldon Road in the 1930’s. Over the generations, they became part of the identity of Reading and in time branched out to the communities of Bracknell, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Thatcham, Henley-on-Thames and Caversham in recognition of the need to be locally embedded in order to provide an appropriate local service.

Our family history has had more than its share of conflicts, accidents, unexpected deaths, unexplained births, intrigue and captivating perseverance and loyalty. Each generation seems to have brought something new; as in the past, the current custodians will be looking to the next generation to affirm their accomplishments.

Timeline

1825
The Leander Club, Henley and Wokingham Cricket Club formed
1826
Our Furnishing and Carriage masters established in Reading by Benjamin Dunn
1844
Wokingham becomes part of Berkshire
1856
Benjamin Dunn (jnr) takes over the business.
1856
Birth of Alfred Blyth Walker
1871
Reading football club formed
1882
Alfred Blyth Walker acquires business re-named C & AB Walker
1895
Oscar Wilde imprisoned in Reading Gaol
1899
Alfred George joins his father so the business is renamed AB Walker & Son
1908
The Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame based on Cookham
1923
Reading Bridge opens (Caversham bridge 1926 - Henley bridge 1786!)
1930
First of the third generation Ronald Alfred joins firm followed by brother Brian Gerald (Gerry).
1931
Douglas Bader crashes at Woodley Aerodrome and his legs are amputated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital
1944
V1 Doodlebug attack on Stoke Row
1951
The first fifty houses of the Bracknell New Town are occupied
1980
First of the fourth generation David Charles followed by Anthony Ronald
1983
Launch of Henley Festival of Music and Arts
1993
Opening of the Bracknell Office
1993
First of 5th generation Julian Anthony Blyth followed by brother Matthew Charles and cousin Simon James.
1996
Opening of the Henley Office
1998
Reading FC moves to Madejski stadium
2001
First AB Walker website
2005
Opening of the Wokingham Office
2011
Opening of the Thatcham Office
2015
Opening of Caversham Office
2016
Britain votes to leave the EU
2016
Opening of the Maidenhead Office and brand change

Accreditations

A.B. Walker have always been involved with the national organisations that represent our profession and several members of the family, past and present, have held offices both regionally and nationally. Our membership of these trade associations offer our clients the reassurance of our compliance to a rigorous code of practice as a framework for best practice and also a complaints process. Click through for more information.

Funeral Plan Offers

Our 2016 'Win a Funeral Plan' Prize draw was won by Ken from Sonning Common. We will be holding another prize draw later in 2017 where you could win a funeral plan with all expenses paid by AB Walker



Golden Charter Discounted Prices

Golden Charter

Golden Charter our funeral plan provider have announced some price matching of their plan range against the Co-op.

Our bespoke funeral plans are already below the price of the Co-op however we are happy to advise you on how to compare.

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Stone

A.B. Walker have a whole masonry department including our team of in-house monumental masons that supply, fix and repair memorials from simple tablets to large monuments.

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