Henry Croswell et al. in Church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, City of London - 4 January, 1880, 11:00 AM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 179:

O[rgan]. – Small, old.  A new one is to cost £1200.  Played by Paul Jerrard.

C[hoir]. – Eight females and six men but poor singing.  There were some others, too, a curious collection.

[The congregation numbered] 24  Many more came in for a few minutes to look round.  I couldn't see how the £4000 was spent and departed.

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Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 179. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549016852082 accessed: 23 February, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, City of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by Paul Jerrard, the choir of St Mary-le-Bow Church Cheapside

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 January, 1880, 11:00 AM
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. Paul Jerrard was organist at St Mary-le-Bow from 1873 until 1903.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:27:32 +0000
Approved on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:50:08 +0100