AB Walker has long been an integral aspect of local life in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire; it’s easy to genuinely care for the community that we’ve been part of for almost 200 years!
AB Walker through the years
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 the business and re-names it 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 (Tony) 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
Launch of MemoryGiving.com
Britain votes to leave the EU
COVID-19 Global Pandemic – AB Walker offers restricted funerals
A family business that goes back generations
AB Walker is a seventh-generation business, and has been in the Walker family for five generations. Started by Mr Benjamin Dunn in 1826, it was passed to his grandson-in-law Alfred Blyth Walker in 1882, and has remained in our family ever since.
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 and practising lawyer Nicola Kirk is a non-executive director, joined on the board by Non-Executive Director Giles Delafeld and Non-Executive Chairperson Helen Webb.
Originally from Marlow, the Walker family moved in the 1870s to Crown Street in Reading, before settling on the present-day site on Eldon Road in the 1930s.
Over the years they have become part of the identity of Reading, and have branched out with eight further offices in the nearby communities of Bracknell, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Thatcham, Henley-on-Thames, Caversham, Tilehurst and Woodley, in recognition of the need to be locally available in order to provide the best service to the community as possible.