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!


No 32

The sixth dinner having last year been carried on so openly as to render it in the Dr’s opinion, impossible to be winked at any longer, he laid down his strict prohibition upon it. And in consequence of the threat of expulsion which he held out to anybody and all that should be engaged in it combined with other reasons, it was this year dropped entirely. Though not without great animadversion upon the conduct of Dr Goodenough in thus having put an end to a custom which has been so long established and so long winked at by the Head Master.

William Allfrey Princeps Oppidanus

No 31

On Tuesday the 1st of August 1820 the annual Cricket match between the Town Boys and King Scholars was commenced; but owing to the good play of both parties, the King Scholars second innings was deferred (there not being time to finish it the same day) till the following Thursday when it was played out between five and half past eight o’clock, the Town Boys beating by twenty nine runs. The names of the players are as follows.

Town Boys. Allfrey, Tyler, Grant, Keppel, Rocke, Chilver, Price, Lydiard, Hotham, Congreve, O’Reilly

King Scholars. Hussey, Legge, Dodgson, Smedley, Partington, Ley, Wakefield, Adams, Flint, Page, Eden.

Robert L. Burton Princeps Oppidanus

No 29

On Wednesday the 26th of January 1820 Mr Edward Murray filled up the vacancy as an Usher of Westminster occasioned by the resignation of the Revd E Smedley, who for upwards of forty years had discharged that office, with care and attention, and owing to his advanced years had withdrawn himself from that situation at the Christmas preceding.

Robert L Burton Princeps Oppidanus

No 28

The following is a list of sixth form as at Christmas 1819


Charles Floyer

Henry Heberden

Richard Williamson

Robert Burton

William Alfrey

Roper Tyler

Benjamin Hall

Richard Berens

Thomas Wyld

William Williamson

Joseph Jekyll

Frederick Grant

Antony Lechmere

William Heberden Junr

William London

Henry Hull

George Kaye

George Mansell

Richard Bonnor

John Harrison

John Dixon

Ld Pelham

William Ellis

Alfred Carr

James Brodie

Duncan Campbell

John Fullerton

George Arbuthnot

John Musgrave

John Lane Freer

Charles Bigge

John Clay


Charles Floyer. Princeps Oppidanus

No 26

On the 27th of October Dr Goodenough deaf to all remonstrance, ventured to infringe upon the established usage off the school, by flogging a Sixth Fellow who had been shewn up for being intoxicated. In consequence of this it was unanimously agreed throughout the Town Boys that in order to bring him to a sense of misconduct and to cause him to redress the injury done to the Honour of the Sixth he should be hissed on his entering into School on the ensuing day. Circumstances which it is better to bury in oblivion than to mention, precluded us from carrying our resolution into effect; however having extorted a promise from Goodenough that he would never more inflict upon a sixth fellow similar punishment we were satisfied.

Charles Floyer Princeps Oppidanus

Further detail regarding this incident is provided in a letter from pupil Richard Dyott to his father General William Dyott:

‘Doctor Goodenough flogged a fellow in the sixth last Thursday which is not according to the rules of the school. He would not let his briches down of a long time but Goodenough said he might either do that or be expelled, so he flogged him and that is what Page never did, and he felt it so much as it was so much the more disgrace because he was so high up in the school; he seemed very much downcast all the evening, and Longlands, the usher of the house he boards at, called him into his room and talked to him about it till he went to bed. He never spoke a word but as the fellow that sleaps in his room thought; went to sleep directly but most likely not for when that fellow awoke about half past six saw some blood upon his pillow but he knew his nose bled frequently so he thought nothing was the matter. He got up at seven and called his companion but he never answered, so he went and touched him; his pillow was streaming with blood. He went and awoke his brother who went to the house keeper and she went to Longlands; he came up directly and found he had made an attempt to stab himself but hit the blow in his arm, besides that he cut his neck in three places which he did with a penknife and after that laid the knife under his pillow and feel down but luckily the bed clothes came up to the wound and stopped the bleeding or else he would certainly have died. Three doctors were sent for; he is getting rather better. This occasion very nearly caused a rebellion. We all hissed Goodenough which put him in a great passion.’