Henry Croswell et al. in St Philip's Church, Clerkenwell, London - between 12 January, 1874, 10:30 AM and 4 April, 1880

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 23:

O[rgan]. – The organist is Fryar!

C[hoir]. – Boys and men surpliced.

[The congregation numbered] 250.  In the evening there are about four hundred and fifty.


M[iscellaneous]. – The Church is ritualistic and sings gregorians, I went here daily for eight years.

REVISITED.  4/4/80. It has got down to repsectable [sic] High Church with good music and a fair congregation but certainly not the same that I loved.  Enthusiasm here is now impossible.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 23. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1546951303671 accessed: 24 February, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Philip's Church, Clerkenwell, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music including Gregorian chant performed by the choir and organist of St Philip's Church Clerkenwell

Experience Information

Date/Time between 12 January, 1874, 10:30 AM and 4 April, 1880
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Henry Croswell (1840–93) kept a record of his visits to churches in London over a period of more than twelve years (1872–85). He made methodical notes about the number of clergy, the churchmanship, the congregation, the sermon and the church architecture, as well as commenting on the music that he heard (the organ, the hymns and the choir). The above listening experience has been extracted from one of these records. He was baptised at St Philip's Church, Clerkenwell, on 10 November 1865.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:41:44 +0000
Approved on Sat, 27 Jun 2020 12:11:14 +0100