Ridley Hall opened its doors in 1881 to train people eager to devote their lives to ordained ministry. Under the leadership of the College's first Principal, Handley Moule, the student body grew from an initial eight students to forty by the early 1900s. Ridley had become a thriving hub for ministry at home and around the world.
Many of the College's early alumni exercised their calling in Anglican parishes throughout Britain. Remembrance plaques in Ridley's chapel commemorate the willingness of others to follow Jesus wherever he led, even to the ends of the earth. Ridley's alumni played a considerable role in helping to build the Anglican Communion, and have significantly influenced the Church and its mission ever since.
Over the last century and a quarter Ridley has grown and changed. While the College began with eight privileged young single men in 1881, we now prepare a diverse group of people to serve Christ in the Church.
To read more, download A Journey of Faith: The Ridley Vision below or explore the menu for 'snapshot' insights into some of our history.