Henry Croswell et al. in St Nicholas Cole Abbey, City of London - 22 December, 1878, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 139:

Many came in late, doubtless, from the train as they arrived in batches.


O[rgan]. – Good, old, playing simple tunes to the evening hymn etc.

C[hoir]. – A few young men and women in the West gallery.

[The congregation numbered] 170 – There were Welch [sic] from all parts of London, mostly men of the lower middle class - a fine sight.


M[iscellaneous]. – Expecting the usual service we found ourselves among the Welch! - the only Church of England service for them in London only in the evening and allowed by the Rector. Mr. Jones. 

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 139. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547637802032 accessed: 14 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Nicholas Cole Abbey, City of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music with hymns performed by the choir and organist of St Nicholas Cole Abbey City of London

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 December, 1878, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:23:22 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:25:29 +0100