Henry Croswell et al. in St Stephen's Church, Old Ford, East End of London - 9 May, 1880, 07:10 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 206:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 7.10, finding it miles from home.
O[rgan]. – "This organ was repaired and beautified with but very poor results".
H[ymns]. – Bickers, a dissenting selection.
C[hoir]. – Any number of squalling young ladies and gentlemen in the West Gallery. They made grand attempts at Handel, etc.
[The congregation numbered] 400 A curious spectacle with more in the galleries than in the body. More were nearer the organ and the choir than the Pulpit.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 206. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551012694841 accessed: 1 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||9 May, 1880, 07:10 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 5 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. ‘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).