Alice Marian Croswell, née Burbridge et al. in The Chapel of Ease, Islington, London - early November, 1876, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 94:

O[rgan]. – Old and large with the "Lion and Unicorn".

C[hoir]. – Twelve lads, one lady and four men.

[The congregation numbered] 1400 – The galleries were deep and full.


M[iscellaneous]. – "God save the Queen" was sung.  "I wonder how you can stand up to sing such dreadful nonsense" my Fiancée said.  It was a most extraordinary service., and extreme Low Church!!!  The Thanksgiving is repeated aloud.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 94. accessed: 24 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: The Chapel of Ease, Islington, London


Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of the Chapel of Ease Islington
'God Save the Queen' performed by the organist choir and congregation of the Chapel of Ease, Islington

Experience Information

Date/Time early November, 1876, 06:30 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. In the transcript, the record is dated as 3 November, which was a Friday. 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 5 November. Henry Croswell and Alice Burbridge were married on 18 January 1877 at the parish church of St Mary Newington, then in Surrey (now South London).

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:56:30 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:41:49 +0100