Chelsea College of Science and Technology

Chelsea College

Arms of Chelsea College
Type Public
Active 1890 (1890)–1985 (1985)
Affiliation King's College London, University of London
Location London, England
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of London
Merged with King's College London
Main college building in Manresa Road
Chelsea Public Library, later part of Chelsea College

Chelsea College of Science and Technology was established as a College of Advanced Technology on a single site on the corner of Manresa Road and King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3, as part of the University of London in 1966 and was granted its Royal Charter in 1971 at which time it was renamed Chelsea College. In 1985, it merged with King's College London.[1]


The site on Manresa Road had been earmarked for the college as early as 1890[2] and was opened as South West Polytechnic in 1895[3] and became the Chelsea Polytechnic in 1922.[3] By 1965 Parliament was considering a move of the college to St Albans in Hertfordshire.[4]

In 1985 the college merged with nearby Queen Elizabeth College and soon thereafter the merged college was itself amalgamated into King's College London.

It incorporates the old Chelsea Public Library, which is a Grade II* listed building. It was built in 1890, and the architect was J. M. Brydon.[5]


  2. Thoughts toward the early history of Chelsea College of Science and Technology, University of London - S J Teague
  3. 1 2 Chelsea College Secretary's Files
  4. Chelsea Science and Technology - Oral questions to the Secretary of State for Education
  5. Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1266312)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
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