Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Cathedral, London - 3 August, 1879, 10:30 AM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 163:

We left before the Celebration [of communion].  So did most people.


O[rgan]. – Grand and old and finely played.

C[hoir]. – Twenty boys and twenty men with magnificent voices.

H[ymns]. – No hymn or Anthem but a grand choral service.  

[The congregation numbered] Say 2000 present.   There were many sight-seers but not in the choir but in the nave.


M[iscellaneous]. – It is a great success under the present Dean and Chapter, a great contrast to former times

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 163. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548334346764 accessed: 19 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Paul's Cathedral, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican choral service performed by the choir and organist of St Paul's Cathedral

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 August, 1879, 10:30 AM
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. Croswell had previously visited St Paul’s Cathedral on 16 January 1876: see LE no. 1547033299124.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:52:27 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:26:21 +0100