Robert Francis Kilvert in Worcester Cathedral - 2 December, 1870

from Diary of Francis Kilvert, 2 Dec. 1870, page 94:

So the clergy and choir came to meet us at the door, then turned and moved up the Cathedral nave chanting in solemn procession, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life saith the Lord’. But meanwhile there was a dreadful struggle at the steps leading up from the Cloisters to the door. The bearers were quite unequal to the task and the coffin seemed crushingly heavy. There was a stamping and a scuffling, a mass of struggling men swaying to and fro, pushing and writhing and wrestling while the coffin sank and rose and sank again. Once or twice I thought the whole mass of men must have been down …   more >>
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Robert Francis Kilvert, Diary of Francis Kilvert, 2 Dec. 1870. In William Plomer (ed.), Kilvert's Diary (London, 2013), p. 94. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Worcester Cathedral


Robert Francis Kilvert

Listening to

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choral funeral service performed by Worcester Cathedral Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 December, 1870
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The funeral was that of Kilvert's relative, Miss Maria Kilvert.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:57:14 +0000