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.
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.)
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|Date/Time||21 December, 1879, 07:00 PM|
|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.