Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary Abchurch, City of London - 18 January, 1880, 11:00 AM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 183:

O[rgan]. – Fine, recently restored.

H[ymns]. – (given out by the Parish Clerk) Ordinary.  Why no Anthem?

C[hoir]. – Six men and ten lads among whom was one fine treble.  They were surpliced and all good singers.

[The congregation numbered] 50 – A few badly behaved "young ladies".  There were Charity children so well behaved.


M[iscellaneous]. – It was a musical service which was a great treat, but, alas, all Anglicans.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 183. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549020231016 accessed: 17 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mary Abchurch, City of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the choir and organist of St Mary Abchurch

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 January, 1880, 11:00 AM
Duration 1 hours 45 minutes
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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 11:23:51 +0000
Approved on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:59:16 +0100