Henry Croswell et al. in St John-on-Bethnal-Green Church, East End of London - early May, 1876, 07:10 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 70:

[The service started at 6.30pm, but Croswell records that he did not arrive until 7.10pm]

O[rgan]. – Good and simply played.

C[hoir]. – Ten men and ten boys surpliced. 

[The congregation numbered] 350 – They are respectable ritualists with no extreme actions etc.  It was a you[ng] lady congregation.  There were fifty Charity boys in the Gallery close t[o] where I sat and were well-behaved.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 70. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547119363910 accessed: 25 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St John-on-Bethnal-Green Church, East End of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St John-on-Bethnal-Green Church

Experience Information

Date/Time early May, 1876, 07:10 PM
Duration 50 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. In the transcript, the record is dated as 1 May, which was a Monday. Given that Croswell usually mentions if he has visited a church on a weekday, it is more likely that the date of the visit was Sunday 7 May.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:22:44 +0000
Approved on Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:44:33 +0100