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.
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: 7 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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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|
|Date/Time||6 October, 1878, 06:45 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 25 minutes|
|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. 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.