Henry Croswell et al. in St Philip's Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 23 March, 1879, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 149:

The long sermon and Litany made the service half an hour late.


O[rgan]. – Moderately well played.

C[hoir]. – Twenty young men and women in the Organ loft.  Many of the congregation sung lustily.

[The congregation numbered] 250 – The galleries were not used.


M[iscellaneous]. – All is extreme Low Church.  There was one hymn before the service; the others were dissenting.  I think it is the dirtiest church I have ever been in but the congregation seemed to like it.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 149. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547656186369 accessed: 29 February, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Philip's Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the congregation choir and organist of St Philip's Church, Bethnal Green

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 March, 1879, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours 55 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 16:29:46 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:38:52 +0100