Ridley Hall, Cambridge

Ridley Hall is a theological college located in Sidgwick Avenue in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, which trains men and women intending to take Holy Orders, as deacon or priest of the Church of England, and members of the laity working with children and young people, as lay pioneers and within a pastoral capacity such as lay chaplaincy.

Ridley Hall
Theological College
House of Cambridge Theological Federation
LocationCambridge, England
MottoMartyrii Memores (Latin)
Motto in EnglishMindful of Martyrdom
Named forNicholas Ridley
Sister collegeWycliffe Hall, Oxford
PrincipalMichael Volland [1]
Coat of Arms of Ridley Hall


Ridley Hall was founded in 1881 and named in memory of Nicholas Ridley, a leading Anglican theologian and martyr of the sixteenth century. The college's first principal was the theologian Handley Moule, later Bishop of Durham.[2]

Present dayEdit

Ridley Hall offers several Common Award qualifications, accredited by Durham University. Although not a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, the school has ties with the university's Faculty of Divinity. Some students who are also in a constituent college of the university can be awarded qualifications by Cambridge.[3] Ridley Hall forms part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, along with Westcott House, Westminster College, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, and others.

Ridley Hall's teaching tends towards an evangelical theology. It is one of four Church of England theological colleges that self-identify as "Open Evangelical", the others being St John's College in Nottingham, Trinity College in Bristol, and Cranmer Hall in Durham.[4][5]

The current principal of Ridley Hall is Michael Volland, who succeeded Andrew Norman, who moved on to become Director of Ministry and Mission in the Diocese of Leeds.

It publishes an academic journal, Anvil.[6]

Notable staff and alumniEdit

List of principalsEdit

Thus far, all the principals have been ordained Anglican clergy.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Handley Carr Glyn Moule" in Samuel Macauley Jackson, ed., The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Volume 8 (New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls, 1910), p. 30
  3. ^ "Study for the BTh on our ordained ministry programme". Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ FAQs - What does "Open Evangelical" actually mean? at Ridley Hall website. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  5. ^ Kings, 2003. "Canal, River and Rapids: Contemporary Evangelicalism in the Church of England" Archived 2012-08-04 at Archive.today by Graham Kings, published in the journal Anvil Vol 20 No 3, September 2003, pp 167–184. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
  6. ^ "Hall web-site". Ridley.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Buxton, Arthur", in Crockford's Clerical Directory (1930), p. 190

External linksEdit

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