Alan H Faulkner
We are sorry to have to bring you the sad news that waterways author and campaigner Alan Faulkner has died.
Several of his books dealt with the history of what is now the Grand Union system: he wrote the standard history of the Grand Junction Canal published in 1972 as part of the David & Charles series of authoritative individual canal histories, followed by books on the Warwick canals and more recently the Regent’s Canal. Another main topic of his writings was working narrow boats: he was responsible for most of the Robert Wilson series of softback booklets detailing individual carrying company histories including the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, Fellows Morton & Clayton, Thomas Clayton and Barlows.
But in addition to his books, he was actively involved in supporting the waterways of the eastern part of the country, particularly through the East Anglian Waterways Association, whose diverse interests reach to navigations as far apart as the Chelmer & Blackwater in Essex, the Norfolk Broads and the Fenlands. Involved since its founding in 1958, he was the key figure in its revival after the departure of the late LA ‘Teddy’ Edwards, and its longstanding treasurer as well as editor, photographer and writer for its magazine The Easterling.
His links with eastern navigations extended to restoration projects, beginning alongside his father who was a leading light of the Great Ouse restoration, continuing with a pivotal role in getting the North Walsham & Dilham restoration going in the 1990s, and coming up to date with his involvement in the current campaign to reopen the Welches Dam route across the Middle Level.
He edited The Easterling through his illness which ended with his death on 12 August. He leaves a priceless legacy in his recording of the history, preservation, restoration and development of the waterways.