Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Victoria Park, South Hackney, East London - 25 April, 1880, 07:05 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 202:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 7pm, but] We arrived five minutes late.
O[rgan]. – Large, fine, in Chancel. No anthem, congregational singing.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., old Edition with Introits.
C[hoir]. – There seemed a good many. One of these read the Lessons.
[The congregation numbered] 600 – All respectable middle class. […] I found it all respectable Anglican High Church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 202. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551007758527 accessed: 9 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the congregation choir and organist of Christ Church, Victoria Park|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the congregation choir and organist of Christ Church, Victoria Park|
|Date/Time||25 April, 1880, 07:05 PM|
|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. ‘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.