No 34

A melancholy accident having occurred in the death of L.J Parry a boy of the fifth form, in consequence of his having over eaten himself in a frolic in which he was engaged with others in the hall, at Miss Bests, it seemed fit to Dr Goodenough to forbid anything like broshiering for the future; and to that effect he issued a set of rules of which the following is a copy –

In consequence of the evident impropriety and manifest danger, of the wanton of and excessive eating, alike destructive of good order, and prejudicial to the health which has at different times, and under various pretexts taken place in the boarding houses, and with a view to prevent any such occurrences for the future –

It is hereby ordered,

That whenever the eating on the part of any boy or boys shall appear to the mistress of a boarding house to exceed the bounds of a fair and wholesome meal; she shall immediately and upon the spot represent the  case to the Usher of the house, and, if he shall accidentally be absent, the mistress of the house shall immediately send to the Usher of some other boarding house, or in their absence to either of the masters: any of whom repairing to the house, will immediately order the Hall to be cleared in case her statement shall appear to be well grounded; and upon a representations being made to the Head Master, which shall in all such cases be done, such punishment will be inflicted upon offenders in this respect; as the nature of the case shall appear to him to demand E.G – This entirely putting a stop to that Barbarous custom.

William Allfrey

Princeps Oppidanus

UPDATE – 15/02/2016

Many thank to all those who helped us discover the meaning of ‘broshiering’.  You can now read the comment below or click through to our glossary to find out more.

The word that appears to read broshiering appears in this entry  – any pointers as to its meaning would be very much appreciated.  Here is a photograph of the word as it appears in the text for you to decipher!



  1. Brosier (or Brozier) (Eton Col-
    lege). A boy when he had spent all
    his pocket money : brozier is Cheshire
    for bankrupt. Broziered, cleaned out,
    done up, ruined, bankrupt (1796).
    Brozier -my -dame (Eton College), eat-
    ing one out of house and home : when
    a dame (q.v.) keeps an unusually bad
    table, the boys agree together on a
    day to eat, pocket, or waste every-
    thing eatable in the house. The
    censure is well understood, and the
    hint is generally effective (1850).

    From a 1912 Dictionary of Slang. Here’s the link:
    So it was a protest at bad food that went wrong.

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