On Tuesday August 3rd the annual match between TBs and KSs was played in Vincent Square in which the TBs were defeated by 51 runs. Eight of the QS eleven however were in the eleven & therefore had much the advantage over us. Besides we were deprived of the services of Deacon one of our best men, who was unavoidably kept away by illness. The play however, on both sides was very good. The day was beautiful and the spectators numerous.
The following were the players:
J Preston Senr
R. Preston Junr
For particulars vide Cricket Ledger
This year a very good thing was done in cutting down the match dinner from 1/5s to 12s -, & though I like a good dinner as much has any one, yet I think it perfect nonsense to have champagne &c at a cricket dinner. For no one can drink much champagne & play at Cricket properly afterwards.
This year Eton did not send us any challenge to row them. Probably they did not challenge us because there was a great deal of scarlet fever in the school, which must have greatly hindered their rowing. Roberts had just built us a beautiful new boat, suited to our strength. And people who had seen the Etonian crew, allowed that we should have had a very good chance with them.
The eight was then as follows:
Prout Stroke QS
Hallet steerer TB
On Friday & Monday July 23rd & July 26th the annual Lamprobatick match took place. To which TB were defeated in one innings. On the TB side one of the best men was absent from illness. For particulars see Cricket Ledger.
The Cricket Match between the K.S. and the T.B. was this year won by the latter by 13 runs the following are the names of the players
Ld J. Lennox, Astley and Vialls Junr were ill, and therefore unable to play on the side of the T.B. The K.S. also lost Cocks from the same cause. The match was played on Tuesday 2nd August.
Added by Somerton H.B.
In 1836, It was agreed to leave off that beastly, annual practice of ditch leaping over Battersea Fields; for which, Dr Williamson gave us an early play. On a former season, we had been prevented going on the water, on account of the number of fellows out of school with colds, caused by ditch leaping.
The Cholera Morbus having made its appearance in Lambeth, and along the Banks of the Thames, Williamson gave notice to the fellows, that they would not be permitted to go on the water, till such time as he should give further order.
A great number of fellows being out of school with the scarlet fever, and one of the name of Russell having died in consequence of it, it was thought prudent by Williamson, after a consultation with the medical attendants, to break up school for six weeks, and consequently a fortnight was taken off the Whitsuntide holydays
J.T. Ludlow H.B.
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.
After the ineffectual attempt that was made last year the close of the present was distinguished by the revival of the Sixth Dinner after an intermission of 6 years; if directed with a little caution there is every probability that it will again by established into a custom. It was held as formerly at the Thatched House and three of the most respectable Home boarders were invited. Mitchell was president and Davis, Home boarder, vice president. The Dinner was served at 6 o’clock precisely and was kept up with the greatest spirit until 9 o’clock.
Ld Kerry, Lendon and Levett were absent at the time of dinner, from Westminster on account of ill-health.
In May 1826 Preston, usher of the Shell was raised to the Under-mastership on the retirement of Mr Bull who was compelled by ill health to leave the situation which he had filled since 1821.