Church Missionary Society College, Islington

The Church Missionary Society Training College in Islington, north London was founded in 1820 to prepare Anglican missionaries of the Church Missionary Society for work overseas. Prior to the establishment of the College the CMS missionaries received their training under Thomas Scott.[1]


Initially the college operated out of the family home of the Revd. Edward Bickersteth, but by 1825 the college had moved to purpose-built accommodation in Upper Street, Islington with classrooms and living accommodation for students and a professional staff.[2]


By 1894, the Church Missionary Society College had trained about 600 missionaries.[3]

The growth of training establishments overseas, widened university access and the start of the First World War led to the college's closure in 1915.[4][5]


  • the Rev. J. N. Pearson (1825–38)
  • the Rev. C. F. Childe (1838–58)
  • the Rev. T. Green (1858–70)
  • the Rev. A. H. Frost (1870–74)
  • the Rev. W. H. Barlow (1875–82)
  • the Rev. T. W. Drury (1882–99)


  1. ^ The Centenaru Volume of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East 1799-1899 (PDF). London : Church Missionary Society, digital publication: Cornell University. 1902. p. 6.
  2. ^ University of Birmingham
  3. ^ "The Church Missionary Atlas (Church Missionary Society)". Adam Matthew Digital. 1896. pp. xi. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Church Mission Society timeline". Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  5. ^ British History on-line

Coordinates: 51°32′18.26″N 0°6′7.41″W / 51.5384056°N 0.1020583°W / 51.5384056; -0.1020583