Henry Croswell et al. in St Stephen's Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields, East End of London - 23 February, 1879, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 146:

O[rgan]. – In the Chancel leading a choral service with congregational hymns and tunes, including the sining [sic] of the Canticles.

C[hoir]. – Of men and boys, unsurpliced. 

[The congregation numbered] 250 – The congregation consisted of people of the neighbourhood, poor but respectable.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – It is very Low Church but it is doubtful if a Higher service would have attracted so many.  The building is finely adapted for ritual which was totally absent.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 146. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547652030124 accessed: 25 January, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Stephen's Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields, East End of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns performed by the congregation choir and organist of St Stephen's Church, Spitalfields
Anglican church music performed by the congregation choir and organist of St Stephen's Church, Commercial Street

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 February, 1879, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:20:30 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:32:35 +0100