John Allen (priest)

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John Allen
Provost of Wakefield
DioceseDiocese of Wakefield
In office1982–1997
PredecessorJohn Lister
SuccessorGeorge Nairn-Briggs
Ordination1968 (deacon)
1969 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Edward Allen
Born(1932-06-09)9 June 1932
Rusholme, Lancashire, UK
Died9 September 2015(2015-09-09) (aged 83)
EducationRugby School
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

John Edward Allen (9 June 1932 – 9 September 2015) was an Anglican priest in the 20th century.[1] He was Provost of Wakefield from 1982 to 1997.

Early life[edit]

Allen was born on 9 June 1932 in Rusholme, Lancashire (now in Greater Manchester).[2] His father was Ronald Edward Taylor Allen, a canon and sometime Vicar of Edgbaston.[3] He was educated at Rugby School, then an all-boys public school.[2] He studied at University College, Oxford, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1956.[4]

Early career[edit]

Allen was in the Colonial Service in Kenya from 1957 to 1963. After Kenya's independence, he moved to a career in business. He worked in Sales and Marketing with Kimberly-Clark until 1966.

Having become unsatisfied with his business career, Allen felt the call to ordination.[2] In 1966, he entered Westcott House, Cambridge, an Anglican theological college.[4] For two years he trained at Westcott and additionally studied theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[2] By 1968, he had completed his training and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[4]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Allen was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1968 and as a priest in 1969.[4] He was initially a Curate at Deal and then Vicar of St Paul’s, Clifton.[5] He was then the incumbent at Chippenham until 1982 when he became Provost of Wakefield, a post he held until 1997.

Allen's churchmanship was described as liberal Catholic in his Church Times obituary.[6]

He died on 9 September 2015 at the age of 83.[7]


  1. ^ pharmweb Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d "The Very Reverend John Allen - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ a b c d "John Edward Allen". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Provost of Wakefield Cathedral who transformed his community with his open-minded vision" Daily Telegraph Obituary p35 Issue no 49,871 dated Saturday 26 September 2015
  6. ^ O’Connor, Daniel (30 October 2015). "The Very Revd John E. Allen". The Church Times. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. ^ ALLEN
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Lister
Provost of Wakefield
1982 – 1997
Succeeded by
George Nairn-Briggs