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A new Retirement Living development coming soon to Bradford is to be named after a well-known local figure in Idle’s history. 

McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, has named the new development on Bradford Road as Jennings Grange, paying homage to Sir Robert Jennings, one of the best-known international lawyers of his generation. 

Born in Idle, Sir Robert Jennings rose to prominence through academic success. He read history and law at Downing College, Cambridge, studied at Harvard, and taught briefly at the London School of Economics before the second world war. His war service was in military intelligence and during this time he also read for the bar. Following this, he taught law in Cambridge, where he was elected as Whewell Professor of International Law at just 42 years old. In 1982, he was awarded a knighthood and later became president of the International Court of Justice in 1991. 

In the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies, his career was described as a ‘story of the unforeseeable, even improbable, advance to high position and worldwide reputation of a straightforward man of simple origins’. 

Declan Fishwick, Business Development Manager at McCarthy Stone said: “At McCarthy Stone, we believe we don’t just have a role to play in helping retirees to live happier, healthier lives, but also in supporting and positively integrating into the communities in which we build. Therefore, we’re thrilled to be honouring one of Idle’s famous sons through the naming of our new retirement community.”