Henry Croswell et al. in St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe Church, City of London - 10 August, 1879, 11:00 AM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 165:

The whole morning service with very little music seemd [sic] a great tax for the old clergyman.


The whole congregation all actually tried to sing.

O[rgan]. – In West gallery, simply played.

H[ymns]. – A regular old-fashioned collection.

C[hoir]. – A few Sunday School children, the Charity children being away for three weeks.

[The congregation numbered] 40 


There is no ritual and very little life.  It is extreme Low Church

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 165. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548335643900 accessed: 23 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe Church, City of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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old-fashioned hymns performed by the congregation Sunday school children and organist of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe Church

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 August, 1879, 11:00 AM
Duration 1 hours 40 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 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 13:14:04 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:29:27 +0100