Charles Peter Allen papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters to C. P. Allen about political events, 1895-1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Peter Allen was born in Prestwich in December 1861 and educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford. He married Evelina Barker in 1890 and five years later he contested the Stroud constituency unsuccessfully. Charles Allen was elected as the Liberal member for Stroud at the General Election of 1900 with a majority of 313 over the Conservative Party candidate. He became an unpaid Charity Commissioner in 1910 and two years later he was made a member of the Privy Council. During the First World War, Allen served as a Captain and Major in the Second and Fifth Battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment. Allen did not contest the 1918 General Election but was defeated by S. W. Tubbs, the Conservative candidate, in 1922. In his professional life, Charles Allen was a barrister and a newspaper proprietor.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The originals of the correspondence were loaned to the Centre by Charles Allen's daughter, Mrs. H. Spreckley, in 1985 and photocopies were made at that time.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A copy of a catalogue to file level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for Charles Allen (GB 152 AAR1933).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No weeding has taken place in this collection.


Further deposits are not expected.

Location of Originals

Original copies were held by C. P. Allen's daughter (1985).