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Peter Allen

Cranbrook School deeply mourns the loss of Peter Allen, our revered former Deputy Headmaster and honorary archivist.
Peter Allen with his wife Valerie (Founders Day 2018)
Peter Allen with his wife Valerie (Founders Day 2018)

It is with profound sadness that Cranbrook School announces the passing of Peter Allen, our esteemed former Deputy Headmaster and honorary archivist. Peter served our school community with unparalleled dedication for over two decades, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of countless students and staff.

Peter's commitment to education was evident in his unwavering dedication to both teaching and administrative excellence. His deep knowledge of history and love for Cranbrook School culminated in his remarkable work, “Cranbrook School. The First Five Centuries”, a book that eloquently captures the rich tapestry of our school's history. This monumental work, published as part of our 500th anniversary celebrations, stands as a testament to his passion for preserving our legacy. As remembered by Jeremy Barham (1951-1960): “In 2017 I had the privilege of working under Peter's expert direction on various projects connected with the School's Archives, notably digitising the Admissions records from the late 1700s, writing about notable Old Cranbrookians etc. Peter and Val were always so welcoming when I called in to Danemead before we would struggle up the stairs to the tiny area next to the library where Peter lovingly cared for the school's history.

As we mourn the loss of a true pillar of our community, we also celebrate his extraordinary life and the countless contributions he made to our school. In reflecting on his vast impact, current OCA Chairman Rich Scully (2006-2011) stated: “Peter Allen had an unrivalled involvement in Cranbrook School across a variety of roles, departments, wider-communities and legacy projects - the OCA included. The OCA are sharing in the sadness as we remember such a legend of the Cranbrook community and an amazing leader during so many years."

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Peter's wife Valerie, his children Tom, Sarah, Mark and Judy, his friends and all who knew him. He will be profoundly missed but his spirit will forever remain a part of Cranbrook School. In remembrance of Peter, there will be a memorial service in the Spring and we will announce the details of this once confirmed. We welcome all those who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Peter’s remarkable life.

We also invite anyone who would like to share their memories of Peter or send a message to his family to do so. Your stories and recollections will be a meaningful way to celebrate his life and contributions. Please email your thoughts to

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