Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Watney Street, Stepney, East End of London - 4 January, 1880, 06:50 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 180:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 6.50
O[rgan]. – Well played but no surplice!
H[ymns]. – A. & M., the old edition. It included two hymns not in the new edition
C[hoir]. – Four men and fourteen boys clothed prettily in black cloth with silver braid.
[The congregation numbered] 250 – Many young, few old, and, it seemed, few working people.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 180. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549017614455 accessed: 30 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Watney Street|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Watney Street|
|Date/Time||4 January, 1880, 06:50 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 10 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. ‘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.