The Westminster and Eton Race is again a reality. It was rowed this evening Aug 3rd from Putney Bridge to the end of Chiswick Eyot and although Westminster did all that Westminster could do one was obliged to succumb to the superior weight of the […]. The Etonians had a splendid crew much older and heavier than Westminster (this averaged 8 1/8lbs heavier). They rowed in splendid style. We were beat by 50 seconds. Westminster taking the lead about a quarter of a length at first when Eton went ahead and Westminster rowed a hard and plucky stern race the rest of the way. We had not been in out racing boats long enough, while Eton had always been accustomed to row in the boat they raced in. It would be better if the first eight for the future always rowed in an outrigger as the race is to be continued. We must hope for better luck next time, therefore we pride ourselves on the fact that the Westminster stroke was acknowledged the best oar in the […] by both Westminsters and Etonians and rowed most pluckily all through the race. The Etonians would not dine after the race as the Head Masters of Eton and Westminster wished to limit the number of guests invited to the dinner, which the Eton crew “voted out”. So we had dinner by ourselves at Putney.
J. C. Hawkshaw
At last we have got the Eton race. I went to Scott today and he said he would let us row under certain conditions which he afterwards told me this that he and Goodford (Head Master of Eton) should each choose an umpire and that the Umpires should choose to referee. Also that there should be certain restrictions as to the length of course, moreover that their eight should undergo a medical examination. I went to Eton informing them of what had taken place. And we now wait until the umpires are chosen when I hope all will be satisfactorily decided.
J. C. Hawkshaw
At the beginning of this half (after hours) I received a note from Eton asking us to row them. Chapman and I went to Scott for permission and were refused on the grounds that Williamson and Liddell both has said that it disorganised the school. We waited some time and today (Fri 29th) Salwey and I went again and after arguing the matter for nearly an hour met most of his arguments and he is now considering the matter. There is every hope we shall get the race soon.
J. C. Hawkshaw
The Eaton Race has been asked for again this year, but Scott is as determined against it as he was last year.
A.F. Pope Pr. Opp.
On the occasion of the Illuminations & Fireworks in honour of the Peace (night of Thurs. May 29th) Scott very liberally gave leave out from Wednesday 12.30 till Friday morning at 10. Those who did not go out saw the Fireworks from the roof of the Abbey.
NB. We were the best off of the public schools on this occasion. Eton and Harrow were both obliged to be back as early as we were on Friday morning, & did not get away before Thursday morning.
During the Water Season another attempt was made to get up the Old Westminster and Eton race, but on Freeman putting the question to Liddell, he said that it was to be put down in the respective Ledgers that he was never to be asked again.
Captain of the Eight
We received a challenge from Eton the other day in which Standing, the Captain of the Eton Boats, said that their Head Master did not object to the race between the two schools being continued, and he felt sure that if Liddell could consent a race might be brought about. Our Eight however, feeling certain that Liddell would not give his sanction wrote back to say they could not race.
On the 20th of June in consequence of their being no race with Eton, Rich, the stroke of the Oxford University boat (an old Westminster) kindly offered to bring an Oxford eight down to Westminster to row us, on our own course between Barkers Rails & Putney. We having accepted the challenge, everything was arranged & our eight went into training for the occasion. I myself was unable to row inconsequence of previous ill health so Wright took my oar. A steamer was engaged, which took us all to Chiswick bridge from whence the boats were to start, (as we had agreed upon a shorter course). Our boat went off boldly with the start but the superior height of the Oxford men soon told for they kept a head of us the rest of the distance & finally went through Putney bridge ten boats lengths a head of us. It was a good reace however and did great credit to our crew. We* all lunched together at the Star & Garter. Most of the party returned by the steamer not in their respective eights.
The crews were as follows
1. Upperton (QS)
2. Williams (QS)
3. Milman (TB)
4. Steward (TB)
5. Eminson (QS)
6. Wright T.B.
7 Horne (QS)
Stroke Barnes (QS)
Cox Green (QS)
1. Hemage X
2. A. Milman
3. J. Rich
4. C. Steward
7. H. Barker
One eight was had from Noulton & Wilds for the occasion & all expense defrayed by the fellows that [?] it with a small subscription from the Town Boys & Q.SS.
W.C. Macready P. Opp.
*ie. both the racing boats and the other sixth form present.
X An old Westminster has kindly supplied with with the names of the Oxford crew who beat us in 1850, so thought I might as well in put them here.
Dec 20 1853
On Thursday, July 27th, the match with Eton took place from Barker’s Rails to Putney Bridge. The eight were trained by Noulton, by whom the outrigger was also built. The course was rowed over by the Etonians, the winners, in 25 minutes & 50 seconds, beating the Westminsters by 1 minute + 30 seconds. The crew of the Etonians, as will be seen was 11st 13lb heavier than that of the Westminsters. The Westminsters were anything but well steered by Balfour.
The crews were
1. C.K Armitstead Q.S.———-8st 7lb
2. R. Burton Q.S.—————8st 5lb
3. N.R. Smart Q.S.————–9st 4lb
4. W.M. Parratt T.B.————8st 11lb
5. P.M. Robertson Q.S.———11st 12lb
6. H.V. Williams Q.S.———–9st 10lb
7. C.W. Steward T.B.————8st 9lb
(Stroke) H.R. Barker Q.S.——-9st 7lb
E. Balfour (Coxswain) Q.S. 6st 12lb
1. A. Bailie——————9st 7lb
2. G.H. Holden—————10st 0lb
3. H.H. Tremayne————-10st 3lb
4. C.H. Miller—————11st 4lb
5. A. de Rutsen————–10st 7lb
6. H J. Miller—————10st 3½lb
7. A.R. Thompson————-10st 10½lb
(Stroke) W. L. Bagshawe——10st 7lb
J. Greenwood (Coxs) 9st 10lb
For minute particulars vide Water Ledger
This year the King College eight elated with some petty victories over small and insignificant clubs sent us a challenge which was of course never given the least attention to, the heads of the water merely saying that, as they never rowed London clubs they could not break the rule to row King’s College
Vide Water Ledger
F Byron Prin. Opp.
A similar but more “settling” answer was sent from Eton whom they challenged.
Added by F Byron H.B.