No 42

In September 1821 a dispute arose between the T.B and K.S concerned by a right claimed by the K.S of playing in the cloisters at ¼ to one o’clock during the football season – The K.S appearing in the cloisters at the above mentioned time and the T.B unwilling to comply, an argument was entered into, which proved totally futile, the question was adjourned till the next day when it was agreed that the following letter should be sent to the K.S –

To the K.S

The T.B anxious to afford every accommodation in their power to the K.S are willing on that account to consider of the request of the K.S & to grant as a matter of mere favour, that which as a right they would not have yielded; in this if the K.S will receive it as a matter of accommodation granted by favour, they will allow the K.S to have possession of the Cloisters, at the time proposed; (viz ¼ to one o’clock during this whole season) without any interruption –

The following answer was immediately returned to the T.B

To the T.B

The K.S have no wish to maintain a dispute upon such a trifling subject, and feel obliged to the T.B for having put an end to a dispute, which would have been unpleasant to both parties; they hope however that the expression “during the whole season” infers no intention of leaving a bone for future generations to pick

And thus the dispute ended –

G.B Mansel. Princeps Oppindanus

No 40

On Tuesday July 31st (1821) The Annual Cricket match was played between the Town-boys and Kings scholars: the latter beating by upwards of a whole innings. The dinner followed as usual, in the fields, to which the scorers were invited. The names of the players were as follows

Town-boys                                                                         Kings scholars

Rocke                                                                                  Partington

Congrieve                                                                          Dodgson

Ellis                                                                                     Smedley

Gresley Jnr                                                                        Ley

G. Forester                                                                        Gresley

Lydiard Jnr                                                                       Eden

Amherst Jnr                                                                      Page

Emmett                                                                              Amherst

Page Jnr                                                                             Wakefield

Sam Tryon                                                                         Sanders

Jordan                                                                                Markham

William Heberden Prin. Opp.

No 38

The Coronation July 19th 1821

At this ceremony, by his Majesty’s desire the whole school, Town boys as well as Kings scholars, contrary to all precedent, were present. Most excellent seats were allotted to us, separate from the Kings scholars, close to the Peeress’s seats, on the east side of Poets corner in full view of the throne, tho’ not of the altar which lay nearly behind us. We all met in school at ½ past five in the morning, and from thence, being divided into 4 companies, proceeded immediately to the Abbey to witness this magnificent ceremony. – On our return from thence about four o’clock, names were called over, & to prevent any disturbance, all were locked up at six in the evening: the sixth and shell having leave to go out from ½ past 8 till ½ past eleven to see the fireworks and illuminations. – Wednesday, the day before the Coronation was a late play, and Friday the day following a whole holyday.

 William Heberden 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 7

In February 1817 a dispute arose between the Town Boys and King Scholars. The second election in the Sixth insisted on taking a fag (when out of school) before the Shell, which the Town Boys opposed alledging that no Senior even was allow’d a Fag, but as a matter of favour from the Head Boy – After a long war of words – the Town Boys received the following letter-

to the TB-

“The Kings Scholars desire Bennett (the head Boy of De Brieux[1] in which house the dispute originated) instantly to give Biscoe (King Scholar in the second election) back his fag, as they sufficiently proved his right, although the T.B. would not be convinced. If this is not immediately attended to the K.S will be under the disagreeable necessity of using a different kind of argument, more convincive and perhaps not quite so palatable to Bennett, as they consider it an insult not only to Biscoe but to the whole of their community”

The following answer was immediately return’d-

to the K.S.-

“The Town Boys beg leave to inform the King Scholars that they are not to be intimidated by the dread of those convincing arguments mentioned in their letter; they will take care to guard against any violence intended to Bennett, by supporting him, and defending their rights to the best of their abilities.

The Town Boys being resolute in maintaining their rights the matter was  referred to Dr Page (Head Master) who gave his opinion as an individual that the K.S being a distinct body from the T.B. had no right to fag them. This opinion the K.S rejected and commenced open hostilities with the T.B. But in the end Dr Page provoked by the conduct of the K.S gave a positive command not only as an individual but as Head Master, that no King Scholar should attempt to fag a Town Boy.

C.E. Walker HB TB


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Charlotte de Brieux

[1] Mrs. Charlotte Driffield, Dame of 1 Dean’s Yard circ. 1805-1822 married the Chevalier de Brieux