Fifth Viscount Torrington et al. in Worcester Cathedral - 1 July, 1781

from Tour to the West, 1781, page 44:

I attended morning service at the cathedral, which was very ill perform’d, with chaunting, and began with the Litany.I examin’d the seats of the stalls, and found the carvings to be of the same nature as those of Malvern. […] In the evening I went with Mr P[almer]. to evening prayers at the cathedral, where (I believe) he thought with me there was a great relaxation of church discipline; the psalms were slurr’d over most irreverently, and the organ is an hoarse unpleasant instrument: the cathedral is called the College.

cite as

John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 44. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Worcester Cathedral


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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music in services at Worcester Cathedral

Experience Information

Date/Time 1 July, 1781
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Mr Palmer was John Byng's travelling companion at the time of this visit. All spelling and punctuation copied from the original source.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:37:44 +0000
Approved on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:06:27 +0000