A Brief History Of Walford

1066


Land given to Roger de Montgomery

1200


Walford Manor owned by Philip de Hagford.  Let to Richard de Knight at 2 shillings per year for 800 acres

1250 – 1780


Owned in turn by the Hord, Kynaston and Clyve families

Early 1700s


Walford Hall built by Clyve family

1780


Sold to the Eytons who enclosed and drained the land

1831


Walford Manor built by R.A.E. Slaney.  Norfolk 4 course rotation (wheat, roots, barley, clover) introduced

1875 – 1920


Estate shrank due to death duties and poverty in farming.  Made into 2 farms and let.  Milking cows introduced

1920


Eytons returned.  Mainly arable farming

1939


Extreme eastern 100 acres ploughed

1944


The Local Education Authority (LEA) assumed responsibility for the provision of a residential Farm Institute, organising part-time agricultural classes, technical advisory work in agriculture, horticulture and bees and helping Young Farmers’ Clubs

1947


Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire LEAs combined to seek to develop a residential Farm Institute

1948


Land and buildings purchased at Walford to form the basis of the Shropshire Farm Institute to provide residential courses for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Mr RD Park appointed as Principal to coordinate and guide the establishment of a residential course and to start day release classes

RD Park Crop

1949


The first residential course commenced on 11 October 1949 with 37 male students

1954


An External Examiner was appointed to examine students in Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire Farm Institutes, in a pilot scheme aimed at standardising examination structure

1957


The National Certificate in Agriculture (NCA) was developed under the auspices of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE).  This examination provided a standard national qualification whilst taking into account regional differences in the agricultural industry

1960


Day release classes expanded to include farm management teaching

1963


Farm Accounts and Records, Business Management and Enterprise Management courses started at day class centres

The National Certificate in Farm Management, two-term residential course commenced at Walford

1969


The Ordinary National Diploma in General Agriculture, a three year sandwich course, commenced at Walford

1973


First horticulture courses started at Radbrook

1979


Mr JN Brogden appointed as new Principal

Shropshire Farm Institute renamed Walford College of Agriculture.  Women were admitted to full-time residential courses

1982


A Pilot Youth Training Scheme (YTS) was introduced at two of the day release centres

1988


Introduction of National Certificate in Countryside and Recreational Studies

Sports Hall completed

1989


40 years of Walford celebrated.

Walford Manor was sold to Aspinalls (Water Purification Company) to become their Head Office.  Proceeds of sale were used to build the Engineering Workshop

The smallholding was sold

1990


Mr Ken Dann appointed Principal of Walford

Introduction of National Certificate in Management of Horses courses

1991


New machinery building complex completed

1993


Introduction of National Diploma in Land Use course

1994


Introduction of First Diploma courses in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine

National Diploma in Horse Studies introduced

1995


Introduction of First Diploma in Animal Care

1996


Introduction of National Certificate/National Diploma in Animal Care courses

1998


Sale of some land (33 acres) from the estate

1999


50 years of Walford celebrated

Pig unit closed due to agricultural recession

Jan 2001


Walford College merged with North Shropshire College.  Mr Ron Pugh appointed Principal of the merged college

R Pugh

Apr 2001


Foot and Mouth Disease.  Total cull of all livestock at Walford

2002


Horticulture courses moved from Radbrook to Walford Campus

Shrewsbury Town Football Club Youth Academy developed at Walford and three new football pitches created

Shrewsbury Town Logo

Apr 2006


The Harris Centre was opened for animal management, horticulture and floristry students

Harris Centre

July 2007


Mr Andrew Tyley appointed new Principal of Walford and North Shropshire College

Andrew Tyley

Oct 2007


HRH Princess Royal officially opened the Harris Centre
History of Walford

JUNE 2013


Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP officially opened the new R.D.Park Dairy Centre
HonOwen MP


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