Henry Croswell et al. in St Luke's Church, West Holloway, Islington, London - 24 December, 1876, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 99:

Christmass [sic] Eve


O[rgan]. – Medium in the West Gallery.

C[hoir]. – Eight ladies and four men.  The congregation were invited to sing.  The Priest's stalls and the choir stalls were invaded by the congregation.

[The congregation numbered] 700 but it was a sloshy, miserable night.


M[iscellaneous]. – There was the usual fashionable Low Church congregation with little show of outward devotion.  The Church was beautifully decorated for Christmass [sic].

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547140325783 accessed: 24 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Luke's Church, West Holloway, Islington, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir organist and congregation of St Luke's Church, Holloway

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 December, 1876, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 40 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 17:12:06 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:55:47 +0100