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