Henry Croswell et al. in St Vedast's Church, Foster Lane, City of London - 13 February, 1876, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 59:

O[rgan]. – Powerful and very well played, but in the West gallery.

C[hoir]. – Twenty men and ten lads (gregorian singing) with a cross-bearer.

[The congregation numbered] 100 – The congregation was fashinable [sic] and devotional.


M[iscellaneous]. – This is Ritualism under difficulties.  The Choir is all on one side, the Pews on the other.  There has been some successful opposition by the Churchwardens.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547035219113 accessed: 18 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Vedast's Church, Foster Lane, City of 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 Vedast Church Foster Lane

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 February, 1876, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 20 minutes
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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:00:19 +0000
Approved on Sat, 27 Jun 2020 13:56:56 +0100