Henry Croswell et al. in St Mildred's Church, Bread Street, City of London - 15 February, 1880, 11:00 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 187:
It began punctually so I was a little late.
O[rgan]. – Old, moderately well played.
H[ymns]. – Mitre (Hall's) selection
C[hoir]. – Five boys - were they Charity? All sat by the fire during the Sermon. We were also twice invited affectionately.
[Congregation] Only two out of 250 seats who came in the middle.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 187. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549035077581 accessed: 31 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mildred's Church Bread Street|
|hymns selected from Hall's 'Mitre Hymnbook'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mildred's Church Bread Street|
|Date/Time||15 February, 1880, 11:00 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 25 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. William J. Hall’s popular ‘Psalms and Hymns adapted to the Services of the Church of England (1836) was commonly known as the ‘Mitre Hymn Book’ after the bishop’s mitre embossed on the front cover.