Henry Croswell et al. in St Peter's Church, Stepney, East End of London - 14 March, 1880, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 194:


[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 7.0 after the First Lesson.


O[rgan]. – In the West gallery, a curious little organ with the frame in front of the gallery.

H[ymns]. – An ordinary selection.

C[hoir]. – Six young ladies, six young gentlemen, six little gentlemen who probably thought themselves part-singers.

[The congregation numbered] 200.  There were more in the galleries than in the body of the church and many poor in the free seats in the middle.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 194. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1549126300898 accessed: 29 November, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Peter's Church, Stepney, East End 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 Peter's Church Stepney

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 March, 1880, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours
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 Sat, 02 Feb 2019 16:51:41 +0000
Approved on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:29:00 +0100