Sir Carl Aarvold
Recorder of London
In office
Preceded bySir Anthony Hawke
Succeeded bySir James Miskin

Carl Aarvold
Aarvold during a British and Irish Lions
tour on Argentina, 1927
Birth nameCarl Douglas Aarvold
Date of birth(1907-06-07)7 June 1907
Place of birthHartlepool, County Durham, England
Date of death17 March 1991(1991-03-17) (aged 83)
Place of deathWesthumble, Surrey, England
SchoolDurham School
UniversityEmmanuel College, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cambridge ()
Headingley ()
Blackheath F.C.[1] ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1928-1933 England 16 (12)
1927-1930 British Isles 5 (9)

Sir Carl Douglas Aarvold OBE, TD (7 June 1907 – 17 March 1991) was an English barrister who became Recorder of London. Among other cases, he presided at the 1965 trial of the Kray twins. In his earlier days, he was also an England rugby union international player[2]

Born in Hartlepool, he was educated at Durham School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge[3] and from 1928 until 1933 played rugby 16 times for his country, captaining the side six times.[4] He was called to the bar in 1932.[5] Two years later he married Noeline Hill at St George's, Hanover Square, and the marriage yielded three sons.[6]

His professional career was interrupted by World War II during which he served in the Royal Artillery and reached the temporary rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1945 for his war service and also received the Territorial Decoration[3]

Embarking on a legal career, he was by 1951 the Recorder of Pontefract[7] and then Judge of the Lord Mayor's and City of London Court[8] (later Common Serjeant[9]). By now Master of the Inner Temple he succeeded Edward Anthony Hawke to be Recorder of London, the Senior Judge at The Old Bailey in 1964, and was knighted in 1968. A long-serving president of the Lawn Tennis Association, he died on 17 March 1991; his wife died in 2005.

In 1966, he received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.[10]


  1. ^ Steve Lewis, One among Equals, pp. 278, 2008 (Vertical Editions:London).
  2. ^ "Cambridge University Fives Club". Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b "World War II unit histories & officers". Retrieved 18 August 2010. Aarvold, (His Honour Sir) Carl Douglas ... Education: Durham School; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Hon. Fellow, 1976).
  4. ^ Centenary History of the Rugby Football Union:McWhirter, R/Titley, U.A: London, RFU,1970 ISBN 0-14-327370-1
  5. ^ The Times, 27 October 1932; p. 4; Issue 46275; col E "Bar Examinations Michaelmas Results"
  6. ^ Who Was Who, 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991, ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  7. ^ The Times, 6 April 1951; p. 6; Issue 51968; col D "Recorder Of Pontefract"
  8. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 31 March 1954; p. 5; Issue 52894; col B "Mr. C. D. Aarvold Category: Official Appointments and Notices - Additional Judge of Mayor's and City of London Court"
  9. ^ The Times, 11 November 1959; p. 12; Issue 54615; col F "Appointment Of City Common Serjeant"
  10. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (PDF) (in German). p. 213. Retrieved 18 October 2012.