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Cranworth Law Society, 1934-[1983]

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCCS/4/2

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Management Group:

Records of Classical Society, Cranworth Society, Debating Society, Doughty / Literary Society, Maitland Historical Society, Medical Society, Scientific and Danby Societies.


  • Creation: 1934-[1983]

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Some records series (such as minutes) are subject to closure periods for GDPR and confidentiality reasons.

Biographical / Historical

The Cranworth Society, Downing College's law society, was founded in 1921. It was named after Robert Monsey Rolfe, Lord Cranworth. Rolfe was born in 1790 and went to Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating as Seventeenth Wrangler in 1812. In 1815 he was elected a Fellow of Downing. He took silk in 1832 when he also became Member for Penryn. He was knighted and made Solicitor-General in 1834. In November 1839 he accepted a judgeship as one of the Barons of the Exchequer and was raised to the peerage in 1850. He held the Great Seal as Lord Chancellor for five years from 1852 and from 1856-7. He died in 1868.


2 item(s) (2 pieces) : Paper

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Related Materials

DCPP/KEN/2/3/5 - a copy of 1921 Cambridge Law Journal gives report of the first meeting of the Cranworth Society; a list of speakers, compiled for the Centenary Dinner in 2022, is available.

Related Materials

Cambridge Law Journal contains reports of activities on the law societies in different colleges, including those of the Cranworth.


Information on Lord Cranworth taken from Rev. H.W.Pettit Stevens University of Cambridge College Histories: Downing College (London 1899)


Cranworth Law Society

Finding aid date

2001-05-01 13:35:27+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

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