No 350

The Westminsters rowed in a four at Richmond.

1. Steward
2. Parratt
3. Williams
4. Barkers
– Burton Coxs

And also at Mortlake

1. Armitstead
2. Steward
3. Williams
4. Barken
– Burton Coxs

in the first of which matches they were beaten through their breaking their rudder string & being fouled and in the last thro’ the unfair rowing of the Richmond boat, & the umpire being astern during the race.

Vide Water Ledger

D. Stewart
Prin. Opp

No 349

The match for the sculls took place on Saturday, August 7th from Mortlake to Putney. Steward (the winner) had the race in his hands from the beginning. The following is order in which the candidates came in.

C. W. Steward. T.B
J. R. Armitstead. Q.S
W. M. Parratt. B.B
F. Hallett. T.B
J. Goodrick. B.B

D. Stewart
Prin. Opp

No 348

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

D. Stewart
Prin. Opp

No 345

The annual sculling match took place on Thursday, August 5th, 1846 from Vauxhall to Putney. The names of those who started were,

Smart. Q.S.
Steward. T.B
Armitstead. Q.S.
West T.B
Williams. Q.S
Rich. Q.S.
Arches at Vauxhall Bridge

They came in in the following order,
Rich. Q.S.
Steward. T.B
Armitstead. Q.S
Smart. Q.S
Williams. Q.S
West. T.B.

For further particulars see Water Ledger (This was omitted by my predecessor, but I insert it.)

D. Stewart. Prin. Opp.

No 328

The Etonians being anxious to regain their lost laurels of last year sent us a friendly chalenge to row them again this year which we readily accepted, and having obtained Williamson’s leave which he kindly gave us very readily we commenced training under our old friend Noulton and after several attempts ineffectual to fix the day it was at length fixed for the _
We rowed in the same boat as last year & over the same course which the Etonians at first objected to, but as we yielded the day they did the course. We again won the toss and took the Putney side as we raced from that place to Barkers rails. The Echo was engaged to accompany us with our friends but came very short of that as they only saw us to Hammersmith Bridge our crew consisted this year of
Barker QS
Parratt BB
Williams QS
Smart QS
West TB
Robertson QS
Upperton QS
Rich (stroke) QS
Barton (cox) QS
We started very evenly they had the start however if any difference was between us we however drew ahead & at Hammersmith Bridge were clean ahead & rather gained till we eventually won by several boats lengths. This victory was the more pleasing for us as it made the matches between us even, both having won four there were at that time more than 700 in Eton and about 80 in Westminster making the victory state doubly great. For further particulars see Water Ledger

C.F.L West

No 320

Another case of cold water cure happened about this time a ’sci having been seen to lend a boat the green and cut[t]er it was seen by a 4th Town boy to come out with something in his hand which afterwards turned out to be a pair of shoes belonging to one of the senior QSs, being known by sight. When he next made his appearance in Deans Yard he met with rather a cool reception, being forcibly held under the pump, pumped upon, and then ejected with sundry kicks from the yard.

C.F.L West O.P.

No 314

Tuesday July 29th 1845 was marked by an event which I feel sure will be remembered, after what passed last year, with sincere pleasure by every Westminster as long as the School shall exist. I mean the Boat Race between Eton & Westminster which took place on that day & terminated in favour of the latter by 65 seconds. The following account may perhaps be admissible here.

At 111/2 A.M the “Echo” Steamer left Chandler’s Pier filled with the friends of either Crew & reached its destination Barker’s Rails nr Kew Bridge at 11/2 P.M or rather more, from which place we were to start & after a little waiting the Etonian Crew also arrived: Burton Sr then tossed up with Luttrell Sr (the captain of the Eton Boats) for choice of stations which Westr. won & took the Surrey side of the River. Mr. Selwyn an old Etonian kindly officiated as umpire: & on the word “off” being given we started in such an uneven manner that the Etonians led by more than a length before we were steady. But in ¼ of a mile we were oar & oar; in ½ a mile clean ahead; & continuing, at most without an effort, to draw ahead lost sight of them round the turn before Hammersmith Bridge. We then rowed easily down the Hammersmith Reach continually gaining ground; spurted into Putney passing the Leander & or own Watermen’s Eights; & went under the Bridge amidst the warmest cheering ahead by more than a length of any Boat that rowed the distance.

The course was nearly 5 miles; the time 27 ¼ (which we could have lessened) & we were victorious by 65 seconds or something like 40 or 50 Boat’s lengths. Our crews were

Rich (Stroke)


For further particulars see Water Ledger. I may as well here remark that W.G. Green who was our Head of the Water as I had not time to attend to it was very unfavourably and it is generally thought unfairly rejected from the Racing Crew & his place supplied by Williams who if he was stronger was certainly deficient in style. Our training was strict & our condition extremely good this year, we had continued to improve ourselves for six weeks & before we actually received a Challenge.

Dr Williamson who behaved extremely well throughout, & was extremely generous towards us as far as he was concerned followed the Race this year together with many other Old Westminsters on Horseback, by the Towing Path & returned I am happy to say extraordinarily satisfied with the result of our efforts.

Thus ended the most complete victory of the Championship of the Universe as far as regards rowing in Schools that was ever obtained by our crew over another. And I think I may, from personal experience, add, one of the least distressing spurts we ever had during the whole course of training. The betting before we started was 5 to 1 having risen from even wagers.

Joseph Preston Prin. Opp.

No 272

The Queen Scholar and Town Boy Heads of the Water having proposed a race between the Town Boys (in the 5th and 4th) and the Minor Candidates it was arranged that they should race in the heavy 4 oared boats belonging to each from Vauxhall to Battersea. The Townboys were victorious by a great deal, but it being resolved that another trial should be made they again raced from West. Bridge to Battersea and the result was as before in favour of the Townboys: The crews of the 2 boats were as follows:

T.B. Crew
Goodenough jun. Stroke


M.C. Crew
Rich jun. Stroke


W Spurway
Prin. Opp.