Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Clapton, East London - 5 August, 1877, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 113:

A musical service - all within the law; no cross, candles and invocation.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Good, new but too loudly played.

H[ymns]. – "Lead, kindly light …" "There is a blessed …" and an Anthem.

C[hoir]. – Fourteen boys, twelve men, surpliced, but a grand procession of legs!!

[The congregation numbered] 120 – Many girls, but few grown-up persons.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – The church is free but not one quarter full.  The reason, I immagine [sic] is that it couldn't be got at by a casual traveller.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 113. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547463172165 accessed: 9 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Christ Church, Clapton, East London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music including an anthem performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Clapton
'Lead, kindly light' performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Clapton
'There is a blessed home' performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Clapton

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 August, 1877, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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 Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:52:52 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:51:04 +0100