College History

Early History

The College was founded in 1447 by Archbishop Cardinal Kempe as a College for the training of secular priests. Further information in preparation.

Recent History

In 1892, The College buildings were purchased by Kent and Surry County Councils in order to establish the ‘South Eastern Agricultural College’ Further information in preparation.

College Photo Archive

The club is accumulating a substantuial photo archive that will soon be available for viewing in the History section.. We are keen to expand this archive so if you have one or more suitable pictures that you think could be added to the site, please submit them, either in digital form as an email attachment, or mail them to the Secretariat if they are prints (we promise to return the originals to you!)

N.B. If emailing more than one digital photo, a maximum of 4 attachments at a time, please!

A Pictorial History of the College

This Power Point presentation sets out the history of the College from 1447 until today.

The College Today

The College Campus was closed by Imperial College London at the end of June 2009 and the properties and land of the former Wye College have now been transferred to the Imperial Fund. The current policy of the Fund managers is to find tenants for the various parts of the estate.  Imperial College have now published their 'Master Plan' for the whole campus which is currently with Ashford Borough Council.  The news section will contain updates when there is anything to report.