Henry Croswell et al. in St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London - 20 October, 1878, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 132:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] I got there rather late, having attempted to get into S. Martin, Ludgate.
O[rgan]. – Moderate, in the West gallery.
H[ymns]. – Windle's, of S. Stephen's, Walbrook.
C[hoir]. – Charity girls and boys. It was a service with little life.
[The congregation numbered] 160 – It was the usual Low Church congregation with nothing to attract either in the service or in the sermon.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 132. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547485414804 accessed: 6 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from Windle's hymnal||performed by the choir and organist of St Bride's Church Fleet Street|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Bride's Church Fleet Street|
|Date/Time||20 October, 1878, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 15 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 Windle’s ‘The Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymn Book’ was published in a music edition revised by George Cooper in 1862.