Henry Croswell et al. in St Stephen's Church, Coleman Street, City of London - 6 October, 1878, 06:45 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 130:

It was a wet night and I arrived late.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Old, in the West Gallery and badly played.

H[ymns]. – Mercer, and dissenting authors.

C[hoir]. – Charity children in the gallery with their pronounced "Ay-mens."

[The congregation numbered] 100 – There were many elderly people […] They repeat the Thanksgiving.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 130. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547483577967 accessed: 28 September, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Stephen's Church, Coleman Street, City of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Coleman Street
hymns selected from Mercer's hymnal performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Coleman Street

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 October, 1878, 06:45 PM
Duration 1 hours 25 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. William Mercer’s ‘The Church Psalter and Hymn Book’ (1854, enlarged, 1856; new edition, 1864; reprinted with Appendix, 1872) was one of the principal Church of England hymnals before the publication of ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’. The music editor was John Goss.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:32:58 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:02:55 +0100