This former Headmaster of Aldenham School is buried not far from the church in the peaceful Crantock churchyard, where wonderful views over the adjacent fields bound.  To celebrate the life of this music afficionado, we would like to place a potted lavender plant to attract more insects to this beautiful setting... the music of nature!  Alternatively, we would be happy to leave a wrapped bunch of flowers grown in Cornwall to celebrate the chosen retirement location of Harvey Beck.  

Harvey Mortimer Beck


6th December 1948 - Crantock Churchyard

Aldenham School was founded in 1597 by Richard Platt, a Master Brewer from London. It is located in Hertfordshire, and is a private, co-educational school. 

Mr Harvey Beck, born the third son of a wine merchant in Kent on 11 May 1868.  He attended Eton, before going up to Cambridge. By 1900 he was working at Aldenham School and in 1909 he was an Assistant Master there.  He was Headmaster at Aldenham from 1920 until 1933, during which time he established the Beck Competition for Solo performers at the school, which continues to this day, promoting solo performance by scholars.  At some time after the end of his working life, he must have retired to Cornwall and lived in this beautiful area.