The history of Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway and Bedford Colleges combine over 150 years of historic discoveries, notable alumni and academic innovation.

These are some of the milestones in that journey.

1789-01-01 00:00:00

Elizabeth Jesser Reid, founder of Bedford College, was born

1800-09-22 00:00:00

Thomas Holloway, founder of Royal Holloway College, was born

Thomas was born in Devonport near Plymouth.

1849-01-01 00:00:00

Bedford College founded

Bedford College is founded by Elisabeth Jesser Reid as the UK's first higher education college for women. Early students include the novelist George Eliot, famed for Middlemarch, and the first woman doctor Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, who trained nurses in the American Civil War.

1859-01-01 00:00:00

Sarah Parker Remond

Sarah Parker Remond, the slavery abolitionist and early African American female physician, is a student.

1860-06-01 00:00:00

Bedford College began its first practical science classes for women

1866-03-30 00:00:00

Elizabeth Jesser Reid, founder of Bedford College, died

1874-06-01 00:00:00

Bedford College moved to York Place, Baker Street

1878-06-01 00:00:00

The University of London admitted women to their degrees for the first time

1879-09-01 00:00:00

The first brick of Founder’s building was laid

The brick was laid by George Martin-Holloway, Thomas Holloway’s brother in law, but the location of brick was not recorded.

1883-10-11 17:13:58

Deed of Foundation signed

Thomas Holloway made his will and signed the Deed of Foundation for the College

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