On the 27th of July 1819, the annual Cricket Match between the Town Boys and the King Scholars was played in Tothill Fields, when the latter beat by three Runs. The admirable state of the Fields and the good play of each Party aided by a very favourable day, afforded a delightful sight to many Spectators. After the Match a Dinner was as usual held in the Fields to which the Scorers were invited. The names of the players are as follows.
Town Boys Heberden, Allfrey, Berens, Tyler, Williamson, Grant, Kaye, Thorpe, Talbot, Keppel, Rocke
King’s Scholars; Jeffreys, Thomas, Henderson, Hussey, Short, Leader, White, Legge Snr., Legge Jnr., Partington, Wakefield.
Charles Floyer. Princeps Oppidanus.
A challenge was also sent to us by the Charter House to play them at Cricket, which was very properly refused, not only on account of their being such inferior players but because it was thought beneath Westminster to accept a challenge from a private school.
August 1818 G. Shepley Princeps Oppidanus
A letter having been sent by the Etonians to Westminster; in which they challenged us to a rowing match, an answer was immediately returned stating our acceptance of the same, but at the same time informing them that the day which they had proposed to row us on, would be most inconvenient, as it unfortunately happened to be the day previous to that, on which our annual Cricket Match would take place. In answer to this the Etonians proposed rowing the day after the Match day and offered to get us leave out to dine with them, as a conclusion to the business. Again we wrote word them word that we should be most happy to accede to their proposal, and sent an invitation to those Etonians who were to row us, to dine with us on the Match day. Thus it was settled, and 3 of the Town-boys, and 3 of the King Scholars immediately set about practising (the names of the former were; Withy, Grant, Wills and of the latter Pemberton, Gresley, Hussey). But the business somehow or other coming to Dr Page’s ears, he forbad our engaging in it threatening expulsion if it were persisted in, wherefore it was thought most prudent to give it up.
July 1818 G. Shepley Princeps Oppidanus
On the 8th, 9th and 10th of this month a cricket match was played between Westminster School and the Grosvenor Club, in which the latter were beat in one innings by 146 runs, it was forbidden to be played by Dr Page, and in consequence of it being played he set the Head of the Townboys and the Head King Scholar an imposition. The following is the list of those who played. Those marked with a cross are the King Scholars.
G.E. Gillett Head Boy TB