Alan H Faulkner

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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.

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