Henry Croswell et al. in Church of St John the Divine, Kennington, London - 17 September, 1876, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 87:

O[rgan]. – Large and powerful, showily played.

C[hoir]. – Very large, good and effective.

[The congregation numbered] 900


M[iscellaneous]. – This is a large, new, ritualistic church celebrated all over London.  I think it is something of a show church.  There are paragraphs in the papers etc. about it.  It is a very dressy congregation with very few who are old or poor or children.


cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 87. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547132174214 accessed: 14 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Church of St John the Divine, Kennington, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of the church of St John the Divine Kennington

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 September, 1876, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 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 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:56:14 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:09:22 +0100