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 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 344

I think it best to state here that seeing the low number of boys in the school a time ago & not anticipating the change of Master which has taken place, I have completed a copy of this Ledger (which was for that purpose begun by Joseph Preston our late Head TB) for my private possession so that if at any time damage or accident occur to this it can be replaced by application to me. The Cricket & Water Ledger I have not copied as they in most points agree with the QS. Ledgers.

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 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 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.