Henry Croswell et al. in St Jude's Church, Whitechapel, East End of London - 21 December, 1879, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 178:

 

[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 7.0!  at the Third Collect!

[…]

O[rgan]. – At the East end, well played.  Anthem - "Whie [sic] shepherds …" - pretty effective.

H[ymns]. –  A. & M., old Edition.

C[hoir]. – 12 boys and 12 men, surpliced, good singers with 5 females in black who looked odd.

[The congregation numbered] 50  A foggy night, a congregation of lower middle class.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 178. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1548418294699 accessed: 19 October, 2021 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Jude's Church, Whitechapel, East End of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Jude's Church Whitechapel
'While shepherds' performed by the choir and organist of St Jude's Church Whitechapel
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of St Jude's Church Whitechapel

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 December, 1879, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:11:35 +0000
Approved on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:47:04 +0100