Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, River Thames, London
Watermen on duty at the end of Doggett's Coat and Badge Race on the River Thames. They are wearing the livery of the Fishmongers' Company. This is believed to be the oldest rowing race in the world, the competitors being a maximum of six apprentice watermen. It has been held every year since 1715, running between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, passing under a total of eleven bridges en route. The winner's prize is a traditional waterman's red coat with a silver badge, plus a lapel badge. There are also various money prizes given by the Fishmongers' Company. Thomas Doggett was an actor and comedian who relied on watermen for transport -- he instigated the race in 1715, and left instructions in his will for it to continue after his death in 1721.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion 1905
A montage of photographs showing action from the fixture between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion, in the Second Division of the Football League, played at Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge. The match was won 1-0 by Chelsea. This was Chelsea's first season in the Football League, the club having only been founded in March 1905. They finished third in the division, missing out on promotion to to the top level by one place, though several points separated them from the top two clubs. West Bromwich Albion finished fourth. Two of the photographs in this montage show the respective goalkeepers, J.Stringer for West Bromwich Albion, and the famous William "Fatty" Foulke for Chelsea Date: 23 September 1905
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Kensington & Chelsea District School, Boys' Band
In 1876, the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea established a District School for pauper children at Banstead, Surrey (later known as Beechholme). As well as 'cottage homes', each housing 40 children, the site had its own schools, infirmary, chapel, swimming pool etc. The school's military band performed at local events and led to a career in the army or navy for some of its members. The school's name can be seen on the bass drum.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection