Company History

1825 * * The Leander Club, Henley and Wokingham Cricket Club formed.
1826 * * A funeral Furnishing and Carriage masters established in Reading by Benjamin Dunn.
1844 * * Wokingham becomes part of Berkshire.
1856 * * Benjamin Dunn (jnr) takes over the business.
1871 * * Reading football club formed.
1882 * * Alfred Blyth Walker acquires business 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 Areodrome 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.
1982 * * Launch of Henley Festival of Music and Arts.
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.
1999 * * Opening of the Bracknell Office.
2001 * *
First AB Walker website.
2005 * * Opening of the Wokingham Office.
2011 * * Opening of the Thatcham Office.
Historic Funeral
Historic Funeral

Established as coach masters in 1826 and obtained outright by the Marlow based Walker family who moved to Reading in the 1870’s, the definitive history of the company would take up most of this website. Suffice to say there has been the full spectrum of conflicts, accidents, unexpected deaths, unexplained births, intrigue and captivating loyalty that would explain why the firm exists as it does today.

As with all families, each generation brings something new and now it is the turn of the fifth generation to act as custodians of the business. As the saying goes - the rest is history...