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Sarum College
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Sarum College
Motto Learning to nourish the human spirit
Established 1860 – Salisbury Theological College
1971 – Salisbury & Wells Theological College
1995 – Sarum College
Principal James Woodward
Location Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Affiliations University of Winchester
Durham University

Sarum College is an ecumenical Christian institution in Salisbury, England. The college was established in 1995 and is the successor of the Salisbury and Wells Theological College. It sits within the Cathedral Close on the north side of Salisbury Cathedral.

The Sarum College education programme ranges from short courses to postgraduate level, including certificates, diplomas and master's degrees courses in Christian Spirituality, Theology, Imagination and Culture and Christian Liturgy.[1]

The onsite theological library holds a collection of more than 35,000 books and journals which is open to students and the general public.[2]

The college is a meeting and conference centre for groups, organisations and businesses and welcomes individuals for private stays, including B&B, study breaks, sabbaticals and retreats.[3]


The history of theological study begins with Saint Osmund and the completion of the first cathedral at Old Sarum in 1092. After Old Sarum was abandoned in favour of New Sarum (or Salisbury, as it came to be known) and the new cathedral was built in the 1220s, several colleges were established.

There is a long-standing tradition that there was a medieval school of theology on the site of No. 19. It was at this time that Salisbury nearly became a university city to rival Oxford and Cambridge, but history took a different turn.

The main building at the front of the site was built in 1677 and has long been attributed to Sir Christopher Wren for Francis Hill, a distinguished London lawyer and deputy recorder for Salisbury. He chose a particularly striking site, at the north end of Bishop's Walk, facing directly down to the Bishop's Palace (now the Cathedral School). The house remained in the Hill family until the end of the 18th century. In February 1952 the main building was designated as a Grade I listed building.[4]


Walter Kerr Hamilton, Bishop of Salisbury, established Salisbury Theological College here in 1860 – buying the house (then No. 87) from Charlotte Wyndham – and the first students arrived in January 1861.[5]

In the 1870s the college expanded, with the addition of a residential wing (the "Butterfield Wing") to provide accommodation for students, and then a chapel. A donation of £4750 was given by Sidney Lear, sister of the archdeacon, for the new buildings. The extensions were designed by William Butterfield, one of the foremost church architects of his time and best known for Keble College, Oxford. The chapel was consecrated in 1881.

20th century[edit]

Eight students of the college were killed in World War I (1914–18) and a memorial in the chapel records their names.

In 1937 further extensions were added – consisting of study bedrooms for students, a new library (now the common room) – designed by William Randoll Blacking. These rooms are now known as the Baker Wing.

During the Second World War (1939–45) the college was taken over by the women of the Auxiliary Territorial Service and Queen Mary paid them a visit. Apparently the creepers which covered the front of the building were hastily removed, as the Queen did not like them.[citation needed]


In October 1971 the two theological colleges of Salisbury and Wells merged. The Wells students came to No. 19 and the Salisbury and Wells Theological College was formed. The arrival of extra students required more space and two extensions were built: a three-storey block of flats and study bedrooms at the eastern end of the Butterfield building (the East Wing) and a new chapel, refectory and library at the northern end.


In 1994 the Salisbury and Wells College closed, and the following year Sarum College was established on the same Salisbury site to provide a place of ecumenical theological education. It also provided ministerial training through the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS), which closed in 2015 after the college absorbed its functions.

Present academic staff[edit]

  • Revd Paul Burden – Director of Contextual Learning, Centre for Formation in Ministry[6]
  • Professor David Catchpole – Scholar in Residence[7]
  • Dr Beth Dodd – Director of Online Learning, Centre for Formation in Ministry[8]
  • Revd Dr Colin Greene – Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture[9]
  • Tim Harle – Coordinator for the Centre for Leadership Learning[10]
  • Revd Canon Keith Lamdin – Scholar in Residence[11]
  • Br Patrick Moore – Scholar in Residence[12]
  • Julia Mourant – Scholar in Residence[13]
  • Dr Barnabas Palfrey – Lecturer in Spirituality[14]
  • Canon Ann Philp – Safeguarding Officer and Pastoral Tutor[15]
  • Revd Canon Dr James Steven – Academic Dean and Coordinator for the Centre for Liturgy and Worship[16]
  • Revd Dr Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh – Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry[17]
  • Revd Canon Dr Andrew Todd – Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality[18]
  • Revd Canon Professor James Woodward – Sarum College Principal and Coordinator for the Centre for Human Flourishing[19]
  • Sonia Woolley – Scholar in Residence[20]

List of Principals[edit]

Salisbury Theological College[edit]

Salisbury & Wells Theological College[edit]

Sarum College[edit]

  • Bruce Duncan (1995 to 2003)
  • Tim Macquiban (2003 to 2008)
  • Keith Lamdin (2008 to 2015)[23]
  • James Woodward (2015 to present)[24]


  1. ^ "Prospective Students". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sarum College Library". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Conference Venue". Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Theological College, 19 The Close (1023595)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Salisbury and Wells Theological College". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Paul Burden". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "David Catchpole". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Beth Dodd". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Colin Greene". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Tim Harle". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Kieth Lamdin". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Patrick Moore". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Julia Mourant". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Barnabas Palfrey". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ann Philp". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "James Steven". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "Andrew Todd". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "James Woodward". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sonia Woolley". Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "Celebrating Canon Harold Wilson". Sarum College. October 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  22. ^ "Past and present meet at Sarum College's Anniversary Conference" (pdf). Sarum College. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "New principal for Sarum College". Christian Today. 4 September 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Canon James Woodward of Windsor Appointed Sarum College Principal". Sarum College. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

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