Henry Croswell et al. in St Stephen's Church, Walbrook, City of London - 13 October, 1878, 06:45 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 131:

The congregation arrived late.


P[riests]. – 1. – The Rector, a hymn writer; but the hymns used that night were singularly inappropriate.

O[rgan]. – Old, fine, in the West gallery.

C[hoir]. – Ladies and gentlemen, paid.  Fortunately they were screened off!

[The congregation numbered] 50 – A swellish congregation and very Low Church.  There was no Altar that could be seen.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 131. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547484781537 accessed: 4 March, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

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


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Walbrook

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 October, 1878, 06:45 PM
Duration 1 hours 20 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. The rector of St Stephen's, Walbrook, at the time of Croswell's visit was William Windle. The hymnal he edited, ‘The Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymn Book’, was published in a music edition revised by George Cooper in 1862.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:53:01 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:04:51 +0100