A Brief History Of Walford


Land given to Roger de Montgomery


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


Sold to the Eytons who enclosed and drained the land


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


Eytons returned.  Mainly arable farming


Extreme eastern 100 acres ploughed


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


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


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


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


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


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


Day release classes expanded to include farm management teaching


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


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


First horticulture courses started at Radbrook


Mr JN Brogden appointed as new Principal

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


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


Introduction of National Certificate in Countryside and Recreational Studies

Sports Hall completed


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


Mr Ken Dann appointed Principal of Walford

Introduction of National Certificate in Management of Horses courses


New machinery building complex completed


Introduction of National Diploma in Land Use course


Introduction of First Diploma courses in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine

National Diploma in Horse Studies introduced


Introduction of First Diploma in Animal Care


Introduction of National Certificate/National Diploma in Animal Care courses


Sale of some land (33 acres) from the estate


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


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
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