Fifth Viscount Torrington in Folkingham, Lincolnshire - 26 June, 1791, in the afternoon

from Tour into Lincolnshire, 1791, page 338:

Here were a numerous, and decent congregation, with a singing loft crouded; and amongst them one lady in a blue silk bonnet, who sung notably; but the bassoons, and hautboys, were too loud and shreiking: as for the clergyman, he went off in a loud, unintelligible key, like a lawyer reading deeds, and was truly intolerable.  Had I been in the company of those I knew, I could not have refrain’d from laughter.Much singing before the service; likewise the Magnificat, and two psalms: during the sermon mine host slept, and I slumber’d.

cite as

John Byng, Tour into Lincolnshire, 1791. 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 2 (London, 1935), p. 338. accessed: 28 February, 2024

location of experience: Folkingham, Lincolnshire


Fifth Viscount Torrington
Army officer, civil servant, diarist

Listening to

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Magnificat and psalm singing performed by church choir

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 June, 1791, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


All spelling and punctuation copied from the original source.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:22:58 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Mar 2019 10:53:49 +0000