Bromley & Sheppard Colleges – Heritage Building Profile

Bromley College was founded by John Warner, Bishop of Rochester, in 1666 as almshouses for 20 widows of clergy. The intention was for it to be in Rochester but land was not available.  John Warner was one of only eight Bishops to survive until the restoration of the Stuart Monarchy in 1660. When he died in 1666 his legacy was to provide £8,500 for the foundation of a College or almshouse for ‘twenty poore widowes of Orthodoxe and Loyalle clergymen’. The College was built between 1670 and 1672 to the design of Richard Ryder, a Master Surveyor

It was built 1670-72 around a quadrangle.

The red brick walls andiron gates in London Road are 18th century.

Sheppard College to the NE was built in 1840 for 5 spinsters, designed by Thomas Hardwick, was added at the end of the 18th century for 20 more widows. The 2 bedroomed accommodation provided room for a live in servant and/or spinster daughter. The chapel was rebuilt in 1863 in a gothic style with patterned brickwork.

The red brick walls andiron gates in London Road are 18th century. John Warner was one of only eight Bishops to survive until the restoration of the Stuart Monarchy in 1660. When he died in 1666 his legacy was to provide £8,500 for the foundation of a College or almshouse for ‘twenty poore widowes of Orthodoxe and Loyalle clergymen’. The College was built between 1670 and 1672 to the design of Richard Ryder, a Master Surveyor

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