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.
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 –
Maule – Steerer
For further particulars vide Water Ledger
This year a rowing match took place at Datchett, between Westminster and Eton, in which Westminster won, beating the Etonians easily, for full particularly of this match see the Water Ledger No. _
It was resolved that Astley Vialls Mackenzie and Somerton should be sent to Eton with a challenge to row at Putney, which however was declined, as the Etonians had broken up for the Holydays it was intended that the T.B. alone should row in this match.
Added by Somerton H.B.
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.
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
Added by Somerton H.B.
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.
On Monday March 17th 1832 a challenge was sent to the Etonians for a rowing match the particulars of which may be found in the Water Ledger
E U Sealy