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Retirement apartments for Clerks in Holy Orders and some family members


Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges website update

Please note that Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges website is being updated.


Since October 2012 there has been a new Chaplain in the Colleges, the Reverend Christopher Boulton. The part time secretary is Joanna Frost. She is available from Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 12.30pm. The resident Welfare Officer is Mrs Linda Balmer. … Read more


Spiritual Life of the Colleges

The College Chapel is accessible at all times for private prayer and meditation for Collegians and guests.

The spiritual life is enhanced by the rich and diverse Churchmanship and Theological perspectives of 51 Collegians, plus staff who make up the community. Spirituality is concerned with all aspects of our daily lives, for instance, how we live our lives in relation to those whose views and preferences may differ from our own. It is also concerned with the wider community, both locally, and globally in relation to justice, peace, and reconciliation for all people. These things are prime factors in our spiritual life here and are held very firmly in our daily prayers in Chapel.


Bromley College was founded in 1666 by the Will of John Warner, Bishop of Rochester to provide housing for “twenty poore widowes of orthodoxe and loyall clergiemen.” The bishop had been deprived of his see and palace during the Commonwealth, when he spent years moving around the West Country, staying with relative and friends. He knew what is was like to be homeless and decided to use some of his considerable wealth to provide for the widows of clergy who had been killed in the Civil War, supporting the King. John Warner, whose estate in Walsingham in Norfolk is still in the family, and his wife had no children. His sister had married and her two sons became John Warner’s heirs, assuming the name Lee-Warner. They became archdeacons in Rochester Diocese.

It was intended that the college should be built in Rochester, near the Cathedral where the residents would be able to worship. However, land was apparently not available and after the passing of a special Act of Parliament, it was built in Bromley in 1672, near the Bishop’s palace which was on the site of the present Civic Centre. The original building consisted of twenty houses built ... Read Detailed History ...