Baron Cranworth

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Robert Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth

Baron Cranworth is a title that has been created twice, both times in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came in 1850 when the lawyer and Liberal politician Sir Robert Rolfe was made Baron Cranworth, of Cranworth in the County of Norfolk. He later served as Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom. This creation became extinct on his death in 1868.

The second creation came in 1899 when Robert Gurdon was created Baron Cranworth, of Letton and Cranworth in the County of Norfolk. He had earlier represented South Norfolk and Mid Norfolk in the House of Commons. As of 2017 the title is held by his great-grandson, the third Baron, who succeeded his grandfather in 1964. He is the son of the Hon. Robert Brampton Gurdon, who was killed in action in Libya in July 1942.

The family seat is Grundisburgh Hall, near Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Barons Cranworth, First creation (1850)[edit]

Barons Cranworth, Second creation (1899)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon. Sacha William Robin Gurdon (b. 1970).
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Alec Martin Philip Gurdon (b. 2006)