On the 20th of June in consequence of their being no race with Eton, Rich, the stroke of the Oxford University boat (an old Westminster) kindly offered to bring an Oxford eight down to Westminster to row us, on our own course between Barkers Rails & Putney. We having accepted the challenge, everything was arranged & our eight went into training for the occasion. I myself was unable to row inconsequence of previous ill health so Wright took my oar. A steamer was engaged, which took us all to Chiswick bridge from whence the boats were to start, (as we had agreed upon a shorter course). Our boat went off boldly with the start but the superior height of the Oxford men soon told for they kept a head of us the rest of the distance & finally went through Putney bridge ten boats lengths a head of us. It was a good reace however and did great credit to our crew. We* all lunched together at the Star & Garter. Most of the party returned by the steamer not in their respective eights.
The crews were as follows
1. Upperton (QS)
2. Williams (QS)
3. Milman (TB)
4. Steward (TB)
5. Eminson (QS)
6. Wright T.B.
7 Horne (QS)
Stroke Barnes (QS)
Cox Green (QS)
1. Hemage X
2. A. Milman
3. J. Rich
4. C. Steward
7. H. Barker
One eight was had from Noulton & Wilds for the occasion & all expense defrayed by the fellows that [?] it with a small subscription from the Town Boys & Q.SS.
W.C. Macready P. Opp.
*ie. both the racing boats and the other sixth form present.
X An old Westminster has kindly supplied with with the names of the Oxford crew who beat us in 1850, so thought I might as well in put them here.
Dec 20 1853
A new regulation has been made by Mr Liddell, that once every month all the school should attend Abbey (on Sunday) at eight o’clock in the morning, when he or some other of the masters deliver a sermon exclusively to the fellows in the school, no one else being admitted. This new plan was begun on the second of June but omitted for some reason of his own in July.
List of the Sixth TB before the Whitsuntide vacation 1850.
W.C. Macready P. Opp.
N.B. Whitaker got his remove just before the end of term.
An upper shell boy (Whitaker) having challenged a sixth form boy (Evered) to row him a sculling match, in fun, the race came off in earnest on Monday April 28th. They moved in light [fairings] from Westminster to Vauxhall bridge. Whitaker took his lead, but came in about twenty boats length after Evered. Another race of the same description (although a better contested one) took place between to fifth form boys Hammond & Galsway in which Galsway was the winner by five or six boats lengths.
The annual match between the Town Boys under the sixth form (& not in the eight) & under Elections took place, on the 24 of April, earlier than usual. The course was from Hungerford to Vauxhall Bridge, being much shorter than usual. The Queens Scholars, won by nearly two boats lengths, having kept a head throughout the whole race. The crews were as follows.
2. Waterfields (jun)
Cox Southing (jun)
The steering of our boat was not so good as it should have been accounting in part, for the loss of the race.
The cricket this year seems to be a sad falling off notwithstanding the immense sum laid out in improving, or rather attempting to improve the condition of Tothill Fields. A match was got up by young Buckland and some others, but is not of sufficient note to give at large. Cook Q.S. made a good score.
This year we made one more attempt to schedule the race with Eton without success. We sent a letter challenging them to row us in the beginning of May, which they very courteously refused, as they could not get their eight together in so short a time the match (& all hopes of it) were given up.
The Rev. H. Milman having been appointed Dean of St. Pauls kingly asked Mr Liddell for an early play, which with his usual liberality he granted.
Notwithstanding the order given against ditch leaping by Mr Liddell, this old custom took place as usual & was well attended. I think it a very beastly practice, and also a senseless one and should not have given my sanction to it had I been in school. I advise future Head town boys to do their best to put a stop to this custom which cannot be productive of any good to anyone.
List of the sixth TBs at Christmas (1849-50)