King’s College Boat Club

The Boat Club has far too rich a history to cover in significant depth here, so I shall pick a few significant moments which occurred during the time it was part of the Amalgamation Club.

At the beginning of the Amalgamation Club, in 1885, Alan England Brooke was Secretary of the Boat Club. At that time he was a student, however he went on to become Dean and even Provost of King’s College. The Amalgamation Club regularly oversaw the election of Boat Club officers, such as the election of G.E. Hale (Captain) and F.W. Frith (Hon. Secretary) on 10 October 1885.

The Amalgamation Club’s minutes record such ‘minor matters’ as the Boat Club’s use of a horse in Lent 1886, though no explanation is given!

On 8 November 1889, the Amalgamation Club allowed the Boat Club to spend 2/6d per week on an ‘errand-boy’, though it is not clear whether such an appointment was made and what his duties were.

The end of the nineteenth century was a period of great improvement for the Boat Club, in terms of results and also in terms of investment and facilities. In 1894, the Amalgamation Club successfully raised sufficient funds for them to purchase a site for a new Boat House.

Having secured the site, they appointed Messrs. Atkinson and Windley as its architects. Atkinson had already designed the Cricket Pavilion for the Amalgamation Club. At that year’s AGM, the success of the Boat Club was marked by the Amalgamation Club’s decision to offer the crew their oars.

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