Henry Croswell et al. in St James' Church, Lower Clapton, East London - 23 November, 1879, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 175:
We arrived twelve minutes before. Most people came late.
O[rgan]. – Soft, nicely played.
H[ymns]. – "Thou art coming …" - "Come, Holy Ghost, our souls …" - "Son [sic] of my soul, thou …"
C[hoir]. – Surpliced, gentlemanly; very subdued, quiet singing.
[The congregation numbered] 500 But from my seat I couldn't form a correct estimate. There was a nice number of servants there.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] We sat on the last seat at the side for sound.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 175. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548412289403 accessed: 4 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||23 November, 1879, 07:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 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.