Brecon: Alan John Picken 8 August 1933 – 5 April 1999

Walking on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal at the end of August in 2013, we came across this bench to Alan John Picken by the canal.

Alan John Picken’s family and friends left a fine tribute to the memory of Alan John Picken, with a plaque commemorating someone who is forever in our hearts and describing him as an artist and boatman and another plaque with a quote from Alfred Edward Housman’s poem ‘The land of lost content’.

As usual, I searched the internet for information about Alan John Picken and this time did not have much luck, but then 14 years ago, it was less likely that someone would have an internet presence.  However, I did stumble across this Media Archive for Central England black and white TV interview with a canal enthusiast called Alan Picken.  Is this the same man?

Monmouthshire and Brecon canal

Monmouthshire and Brecon canal


Forever in our hearts
Alan John Picken
Artist and Boatman


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One comment on “Brecon: Alan John Picken 8 August 1933 – 5 April 1999

  1. Dave says:

    Yes, almost certainly. The birth of an Alan John Picken was registered in Bromsgrove in 1933. The poet A.E. Housman was born in Bromsgrove, too.
    ATV News filmed Alan at Stoke Prior which is part of Bromsgrove.
    The new link to the footage is:

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