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Presbyterian College

Also known as English Presbyterian College/Westminster College, Cambridge


It was founded in London in 1844 as a training college for the English Presbyterian Church

It merged with Cheshunt College, Cambridge, an evangelical and mainly congregational training institution formerly known as Trevecca College, in 1967

It became a training college for the United Reformed Church when the Congregational and Presbyterian churches of England joined forces as the United Reform Church in 1972

It continues to provide religious training and theological education in association with the United Reform Church and the universities in Cambridge

What was reforming about it?

It provided higher education and theological training to Nonconformists

Where in Bloomsbury

At first it had no fixed home, holding lectures in Exeter Hall

It then had three successive homes in Bloomsbury: 51 Great Ormond Street, 1852–1858, no. 29 Queen Square, 1858–1864, and Queen Square House, Queen Square, 1864–1899 (Godfrey Heathcote Hamilton, Queen Square: Its Neighbourhood and its Institutions, 1926); the first two of these are usually overlooked by historians

It moved to a new site as Westminster College, Cambridge, in 1899, having previously shown interest in becoming part of the proposed federal “University of Westminster” encompassing most of London’s higher-education institutions (The Times 23 November 1897)

Website of current institution

www.westminster.cam.ac.uk (opens in new window)

Books about it

R. Buick Knox, Westminster College, Cambridge: Its Background and History (2007)


Its archives are held on site in Cambridge and can be consulted by appointment; details of access are available online via the Westminster College website (opens in new window)

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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