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Cygnet

Established 1890 | Affiliated to British Rowing and CSSC

Cygnet

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River issues this weekend
20th September 2018

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9th September 2018

Barrier Closures
7th September 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U18 of 2018
Barn Elms Reach to Lambeth Reach - Tideway Foreshore Festival and River Events

U17 of 2018
Mortlake to Barn Elms Reach - River Closures - 2018-19 Head of the River Closures

U12 of 2018
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2018

1890s

Relatively few photographs have survived from the first decade of Cygnet's existence, Perhaps the most iconic is an official club photograph taken on the Putney Embankment in June 1891. Most of the other pictures relate to upriver rowing excursions that were popular in the 1890s, glamourised by Jerome K Jerome's book, Three Men in a Boat. More recent pictures in this section depict rowing medals and swimming trophies that have since come to light, along with the first page of the first minute book.

  • First official club photograph, Putney Embankment, June 1891

    Founder member 'Wally' Wheldal standing sixth from left in the second row from the back

    First official club photograph, Putney Embankment, June 1891
  • Early Upriver Expeditions 1894-96

    This and the following series of pictures chart upriver trips to Cricklade on the Thames in north Wiltshire in 1894-95

    Early Upriver Expeditions 1894-96
  • Early Upriver Scenes

    No precise location mentioned

    Early Upriver Scenes
  • 1890s_2.jpg
  • Pitching Camp

    No location given, circa 1894-95

    Pitching Camp
  • Taking a Breather

    Thought to be en-route to Lechlade

    Taking a Breather
  • Punting out of the Shallows

    No further details

    Punting out of the Shallows
  • Checking the Ran-dan

    A triple sculler that would have been loaded with tent and stores for the voyage

    Checking the Ran-dan
  • Full Speed Ahead

    Above Lechlade

    Full Speed Ahead
  • Thames-side Overnighting
    Thames-side Overnighting
  • Making Landfall

    Between Lechlade and Cricklade

    Making Landfall
  • Somerford Keynes

    A small village in Gloucestershire, close to the Thames

    Somerford Keynes
  • Gantletts Farm, Cricklade

    Eggs 24 for 1/- (5p); Milk 1/- per pailful

    Gantletts Farm, Cricklade
  • Thames Head Beckons

    Half a mile from the Thames Head - the river seen here passing through two holes in dry walling

    Thames Head Beckons
  • Mission Accomplished

    Arrival at Thames Head

    Mission Accomplished
  • Cricklade and Beyond

    No further details

    Cricklade and Beyond
  • How It All Began

    The first page of the first minute book, 12th February 1890

    How It All Began
  • Club Rules

    The obligatory black leather-bound book of club rules covering virtually every boat club contingency that could be envisaged in the late 19thC

    Club Rules
  • The Ayling Cup Medal, circa 1898

    Centre piece of the Club Regatta, this medal was awarded to winners of the race for 'equal half-rigged Tub Fours, with sliding seast'

    The Ayling Cup Medal, circa 1898
  • The Plunging Handicap Trophy, circa 1893

    Swimming was added to the club's activities in 1892 with races taking place in the Thames

    The Plunging Handicap Trophy, circa 1893
  • First official club photograph, Putney Embankment, June 1891
  • Early Upriver Expeditions 1894-96
  • Early Upriver Scenes
  • 1890s_2.jpg
  • Pitching Camp
  • Taking a Breather
  • Punting out of the Shallows
  • Checking the Ran-dan
  • Full Speed Ahead
  • Thames-side Overnighting
  • Making Landfall
  • Somerford Keynes
  • Gantletts Farm, Cricklade
  • Thames Head Beckons
  • Mission Accomplished
  • Cricklade and Beyond
  • How It All Began
  • Club Rules
  • The Ayling Cup Medal, circa 1898
  • The Plunging Handicap Trophy, circa 1893

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