Henry Croswell et al. in Church of St James the Less, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 10 August, 1879, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 166:

O[rgan]. – Mean and small in the West Gallery

H[ymns]. – Very ordinary

C[hoir]. – One dozen "young ladies and gentlemen"!  Mostly regular screamers and bawlers.

[The congregation numbered] 200  A great number of young women and a good sprinkling of youths, several old ladies but not five married couples in all.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 166. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548340442476 accessed: 27 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Church of St James the Less, 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 choir and organist of St James the Less Church Bethnal Green

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 August, 1879, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours 20 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 14:34:02 +0000
Approved on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:34:11 +0100