Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Finsbury Park, London - 25 January, 1880, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 185:

The short service was read.  Everything was very simple and well arranged.


O[rgan]. – A small harmonium played by a nice gentleman (honorary).

H[ymns]. – Bickers, all in our Hymns A. & M., though

C[hoir]. – A few little lads, unsurpliced.  The Thanksgiving was repeated  by all.

[The congregation numbered] 110  Few well-to-do people.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 185. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549033022266 accessed: 2 March, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Thomas' Church, Finsbury Park, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion' performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Finsbury Park

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 January, 1880, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 10 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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906). ‘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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:57:02 +0000
Approved on Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:03:38 +0100