The Walsh family have been working in the funeral
business in the Dunmow area for over 90 years.
Alfred Bernard Walsh worked for a Mr Bush at Bran End,
Stebbing as a carpenter and Undertaker from 1920. He
stayed with Mr Bush until he made his coffin and buried
him in 1928. Alfred stayed on and helped run the
business until 1930. This is when he started on his own.
He had a funeral order the first night and took on the
parish funerals for the Dunmow area.
The parish funerals at this time were carried out for
around £5 for the complete job. Alfred had his own Horse
drawn hearse and Brome carriage. The hearse was given
away to be made into a chicken house when motorised
hearses became the norm.
At the beginning of the Second World War Alfred was
offered the shed from the garden at Rood End in Dunmow.
This had been Dr Trenches Billiard room. It was moved to
Stebbing and used as a workshop and chapel of rest. We
moved it again in 1995 to Stebbing Green where we still
use it as our meeting room and chapel of rest although
it is now modernised inside.
Michael J Walsh joined his father and brothers after his
national service where they carried on the building and
funeral directors business until his brothers retired in
1983. Michael then started on his own with his wife
Jackie as Michael J Walsh builders and funeral
directors. He had a funeral order in the first week.
Their son David J Walsh then joined the business in
1987. David married Liz in 1990 and they still run the
business with Michael being very much involved at 84
David and Liz have five children with the eldest ones
Katie, Daisy, Alfie and Mollie all helping out when