No 212

The Coronation June 28th

At this Coronation as at the two former seats were appointed to the T.B. to view the august ceremony in the South East aisle close to the Peers seats.  We took our seats about 8 o clock in the morning and the whole was concluded about 4 o clock.  The next day being a Saints day general leave out was given.

G.F. Bentinck Prin: Opp.

No 126

The Dean having received a most gracious communication from his Majesty expressive of his entire satisfaction at the arrangements made in the Abbey for the Coronation, was pleased to give us an extra week’s holiday this Xmas in token of his approbation of the conduct of the Westminsters during that ceremony –

J.R. Cornish

Head Boarder

No 123

The Coronation Sept. 8th 1831

At this Coronation as at the last seats were assigned to the whole School Townboys as well as King-Scholars to witness the ceremony. Those allotted to us were separate from the KS and close to the Peers seats in the south transept; in full view of the thrones though not of the alter. We took our seats about ½ past 7 in the morning: the ceremony concluded about 4 o’clock. Leave was given for the sixth and shell to go out from 8 to 10 in the evening to see the fireworks and illuminations.

Abm Borradaile

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