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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 Executive Directors of the company: brothers Julian and Matthew and Matthew's wife Melissa. In addition, Julian’s wife Nicola Kirk, a practicing lawyer, is a non-executive director who is joined on the board by Non-Executive Director Giles Delafeld and Non-Eecutive Chairperson Helen Webb.

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, Caversham and Tilehurst 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.


The Leander Club, Henley and Wokingham Cricket Club formed
A 'Funeral Furnishing and Carriage Masters' business established in Crown Street, Reading by Benjamin Dunn
Wokingham becomes part of Berkshire
Benjamin Dunn (jnr) takes over his father's business
Birth of Alfred Blyth Walker
Reading football club formed
Alfred Blyth Walker acquires business re-named C & AB Walker
Oscar Wilde imprisoned in Reading Gaol
Alfred George joins his father so the business is renamed AB Walker & Son
The Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame based on Cookham
Reading Bridge opens (Caversham bridge 1926 - Henley bridge 1786)
First of the third generation Ronald Alfred joins firm followed by brother Brian Gerald (Gerry).
Douglas Bader crashes at Woodley Aerodrome and his legs are amputated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital
V1 Doodlebug attack on Stoke Row
The first fifty houses of the Bracknell New Town are occupied
First of the fourth generation David Charles followed by Anthony Ronald
Launch of Henley Festival of Music and Arts
Opening of the first branch office in Bracknell
First of 5th generation Julian Anthony Blyth followed by brother Matthew Charles and cousin Simon James.
Reading FC moves to Madejski stadium
First AB Walker website
Britain votes to leave the EU
COVID-19 Global Pandemic - AB Walker offers restricted funerals


Julian Walker & Paul Allcock(SAIF president)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.

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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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