Henry Croswell et al. in St James the Great Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 3 August, 1879, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 164:
O[rgan]. – badly played with 'Amen' in the wrong place.
H[ymns]. – A popular selection of Hymns A. & M.
C[hoir]. – Three young ladies, the only decently drest persons in the church.
[The congregation numbered] 35 – Two dirty men who gaped much, thirty old and filthy women! Did they come for the doles given away?
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 164. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548334934394 accessed: 29 November, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St James the Great Church Bethnal Green|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St James the Great Church Bethnal Green|
|Date/Time||3 August, 1879, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 10 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. 'Hymns Ancient and Modern for use in the Services of the Church’ (1861; Appendix, 1868; Second edition, 1875; Supplement, 1889) was envisaged as an anthology of the best hymns available and became the most widely-used hymnbook in the Church of England during the late nineteenth century. William Henry Monk (1823–89) was musical editor.