Henry Croswell et al. in St Luke's Church, Hackney, East London - 18 January, 1880, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 184:

The Church is very Low with evening Communions.


O[rgan]. – Modern, ordinary.

H[ymns]. – Very ordinary and popular.

C[hoir]. – Any number of males, unsurpliced and simple singing.  

[The congregation numbered] 850 – So full that we were all in the West Gallery. 


M[iscellaneous]. – The girls near me were badly behaved a [sic] had a game with the boys with our umbrellas.  

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 184. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549021890105 accessed: 19 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Luke's Church, Hackney, East 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 Luke's Church Hackney

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 January, 1880, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 40 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 11:51:30 +0000
Approved on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:02:18 +0100