On Friday August 2nd a new eight oared boat was launched from Roberts, and after a bottle of wine had been broken over her bow she was christened the ‘Victoria’ amidst the enthusiastic cheers of all the Westminsters. In the evening eight fellows picked out of the whole school, rowed her up to Putney steered by an old Westminster of the name of White, where he generously gave a most splendid dinner to his crew, and a few other Westminsters who happened to be there. The evening was passed with the utmost conviviality and the health of the generous host was drank with enthusiastic cheers, he also gave a breakfast on the following morning to those who had shared his hospitality on the preceding evening. The names of those who rowed in the ‘Victoria’ were
Those marked with an asterisk were Kings Scholars.
E U Sealy
In consequence of the accident mentioned in the preceding number Williamson sent round the following regulations about the water.
1st No boy is allowed to go on the water except in one of Robert’s boats, and with his permission or knowledge – and if a boy has a private boat he must keep it at Roberts and use it only when he (Robert) thinks proper.
2 The bounds are from Westminster to Hammersmith bridges
3 The Season is from Easter to Bartholomew Tide
4th No boy may stay ashore anywhere, but he may take refreshments down to the boat.
5th The boats when done with should be left at Roberts’
E U Sealy
St. Paul’s School elated with their success in a race with Merchant Tailors, challenged us to race them “a cutter match” – which we refused as it is contrary to the rules of Westminster to row against Private Schools.
E U Sealy
This year (1833) Williamson, in consequence of a great many fellows being out of school with the Influenza, endeavoured to put a stop to our going on the water by sending a note to Roberts ordering him not to let out any boats to us. We however went on in a boat belonging to Searle as also the King’s Scholars.
Roberts told Williamson of it, who at first said he would pass it over in silence, but having altered his mind, the next day sent for the names of those who had gone on. These being given him, he set both KS and TBs 300 lines to learn by heart, kept us in at Easter, and made us shew ourselves every night at 6 oclock. He flogged our steerer (Astley) who was in the fifth, and when we went up to defend him, by saying, that it was not so much by his own as by our wish that he had gone on, he set us another 100 lines to learn. The names of the fellows in our boat were –
Astley for steerer
E U Sealy
On Tuesday evening, May 15: 1832, a rowing match took place between the four houses, Singleton’s having challenged all the others: the distance was from Battersea Bridge to Westminster, it was won after a closely contested race by Stelfox’s, their boat being about two boats’ lengths ahead of Singletons: Stikeman’s came in last.
The names of the rowers were as follows;
*One of Stikeman’s fellows being out of school, Preston, who was at Hodgsons, was chosen in his place.
After a communication by letter of some duration between the KS of Westminster and the Etonians, concerning a rowing match, it was finally determined to be rowed on Election Thursday May 12th (1831) at Maidenhead. Accordingly after the Election breakfast, the crew of the boat started for Maidenhead in a barouche and four, and arrived there about an hour and a half before the Etonians. The distance to be rowed was from Maidenhead bridge to a pole off Monkey Island and back again to Maidenhead. Accordingly about five o’clock the two boats repaired to their respective stations (the Etonians having the choice of the sides of the river) and the signal being given they started the Etonians taking the lead, and upon arriving at Monkey Island they were so far ahead as to be able to turn without fouling; they then pulled back to Maidenhead bridge, and finally won by about a hundred and fifty yards. After the race the Etonians returned to Eton and the Westminsters divided, part proceeding to Oxford and the rest returning to London. The names of the crew were
Abm Borradaile HB
Sir John de Beauvoir having given eight gold medals to be contended for by the two best Town-boys eight-oareds, on Saturday 17th of July (1830), the match was rowed from Vauxhall to Putney bridge, the winning boat coming in about a ¼ of a mile ahead; It was as follows,
T. Blackall H.B.
On the reception of a letter from the Etonians (their holydays having commenced) challenging us to row them at Sunbury; we returned an answer to this purpose that we should be very happy to row them any distance within reach of Westminster; but that it would be quite impossible for us to go to the place above mentioned, as time would not allow of it. Upon this, Lord Waterford the stroke of the Eton boat came down to Westminster, and it was settled at last that we should row from Putney Bridge to Hammersmith, and back on the 27th of July. Accordingly at 5 o’clock on that day the Westminster rowers proceeded to Putney in a Barouch and four, when on their arrival they found their boat and steerer ready for them. At ¼ to 7, all prepared to start, they set off, the Westminsters taking the lead; but on arriving off Craven Cottage the Etonians came alongside, and gradually gained on them till they arrived at Hammersmith bridge; when they were about 200 yards ahead, but the Westminsters having just got into proper time, on their return to Putney had gained considerably on the Etonians; the Etonians finally won by about 100 yards. Had the race been continued on to Westminster Bridge, there is no doubt but that the Westminsters would have won. The race being finished the parties dined together at the Star and Garter, Putney. The following were the Rowers
W. Page (O.W.)
P.P. Williams H.B.
On Friday evening July 13 (1821) a rowing match took place between 2 four oard’s : The under-school of Grants having challenged the whole of the remaining under-school to row with them from Battersea Bridge to Westminster Br[idge]. The match was won with ease by the Grantites. The names of the rowers were as follows.
From Grants From the other houses
Hume W. Forester
Fothergill C. Forester
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