No 176

Ditch-leaping was this year, in order to lull the suspicions of the master, deferred to March 17th when this ancient custom was kept up by a large assemblage of fellows. In consequence of there being names at 11 o’clock (as usual on early plays) we were much hurried, and the KS fearful of being late returned sooner than usual having gone about half the usual distance. But the T.B. with great spirit determined to go the usual round which they accomplished in excellent time.

C. Bewicke HB

No 154

As we thought it very probably that Williamson would endeavour to prevent Ditch leaping on the 1st of March – it was agreed to go on Saturday 15th of February which was an early play – a pretty good show of TBs and KS were assembled, considering the lowness of the school, and again succeeded in keeping up a custom which the masters have so long endeavoured to prevent —

E U Sealy
Prin. Opp.

No 100

Tho’ Ditch Leaping was prohibited by Goodenough last year, it was carried into effect as usual on the 1st and 17th of March (1829) the 1st the weather was so very severe that only five went, but on 17th a larger field assembled tho’ still few in number from the number out of school with colds, coughs, measles &c there has been more illness lately in the school than has been known for many years.

E.H. Greathed
Prin. Opp.

No 87

It having come to Goodenough’s ears by some means or other unknown to us, that the fellows loitered about the Red House both previous to and after going a Ditch Leaping and that one or two fellows indulged rather freely in Spirituous liquors he had thought fit to forbid Ditch leaping but it is to be hoped (as it is not the first time it has been forbidden and carried into effect the following year) that the fellows will still keep it up although perhaps not in quite so public and exposed a manner.

David Mure
Head Boarder