No 229

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.

No 221

In consequence of the Etonians having been defeated last year at Datchet Bridge they again challenged us to row them. The preliminaries having been all settled at the Eton Montem by the respective Heads of the Water, it was agreed by both parties that the Race should take place Tuesday July 31st (the Match day) the Etonians breaking up on the Monday preceding… It was also agreed that the intended Race should be kept a profound secret as Williamson was known to be hostile to Boat racing. Notwithstanding all our caution a paragraph appeared in the Bell’s Life Newspaper stating that “A match was to be rowing between Eton and Westminster from Westminster Bridge to Putney July 31st and by this or some other means our Purpose became known to Williamson. In the 1st School on Monday morning Williamson sent for the Captain and told him he understood that it was our intention to row the following day and as it was contrary to all Rules of the School he must insist on our giving a pledge not to row or that he must take his own measures to stop it. Upon the Captain’s refusal to give any such pledge he immediately commenced proceedings by stopping the early play for the next day (the Match day) and by ordering the Q.S. to be locked up at ¼ before 7. During 6th lesson on Tuesday he told us (the 6th) that we must attend a Mathematical lecture in School from 11 ½ to 1 and again from 5 till 7 after afternoon lockers. However, in the course of some conversation with him it was discovered that the pledge required was only “not to row on the match day” which pledge was accordingly given and therefore we conceived ourselves at liberty to row that evening. However during lockers Williamson sent for the head of the T.B. and the Captain and told them that any boy who rowed in a match with Eton would be severely punished. But the Eight being determined at all hazards to row at 5 o clock sallied forth. But unfortunately 3 of the crew having to go to Williamson to say some imposition he took this advantage to detain 2 of them there till far too late to think of rowing this added to the circumstance that the Fathers of 2 of the crew came down to Westminster during the afternoon and expressly forbid their sons to row in the match entirely broke up the Crew. But determined not to disappoint the Etonians we offered to make up the boat again and row them which they very generously refused saying that it would be no honour then for them to beat us. Betting was 6 to 4 on the Westminsters. The Crew was as follows –

Cocks
Coxe
Hodgson
Pollock
Green
Farrer
Richards
Randolph

Maule – Steerer

For further particulars vide Water Ledger

No 186

This season a challenge was sent from Eton offering to race at Staines, as usual refusing to come nearer to our water. Thursday the __ of May was the day appointed and at 6 o’clock the boats took their station at Staines Bridge. After one false start they got away, the Westminsters taking the lead; they kept it for about a mile, when the Etonians foul’d, kept even, [fit] the flay boat, raced for the last two miles and ultimately won by two lengths. The distance was raced in 20 minutes 4 miles and a half.

B.G. Astley
Head Boarder

The Westminsters pulled in a new [fin] boat called the Fairy Queen built expressly for the race by W. Noulton of Lambeth, who steered. The crew was as follows

Drewe K.S.
Howard K.S.
Vialls T.B.
Astley T.B.
Turner T.B.
Forester T.B.
Balston K.S.
Butler K.S.

Added by Somerton H.B.

No 165

A challenge having been sent to the Etonians to play us at cricket a refusal was returned. Their reason for refusing us which they alleged was that they never had time to play more than two matches, and that they always played with Harrow and Winchester, so that unless one of the above mentioned schools declined the contest they could not play with us.

R.P. Warren
Princeps Oppidanus

No 119

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

Mayne
Gresley
Weare
Hemery
Harrison
Ellison
Hue
Phillpotts

Steerer
Wilde

Abm Borradaile HB

No 102

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

Ley
Preston
Bainbridge
Wrottesley x
Smith x
Mayne x
Hussey  x
Croke  x
Steerer
Bruwell

Umpire
W. Page (O.W.)

P.P. Williams H.B.

No 63

It having been the intention of the Town boys to row up to Eton and back again in 18 hours an 8 oared practised for it, when Dr Goodenough two days before that (24th June 1825) appointed for the expedition forbade any attempt of the kind. The following were the rowers

Forester

Trelawney

Maxwell

French

Bruce

Wrottesley

Fremantle

Dyott

W.R. Fremantle
Princips. Opp.