Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Hornsey Rise, Islington, London - 23 May, 1880, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 209:
O[rgan]. – Fine and well played.
H[ymns]. – Bickers, a Church selection.
C[hoir]. – Young ladies and gentlemen in galore. Few of the congregation joined in the service.
[The congregation numbered] 600 – The seats were nearly all let to highly respectable tenants. There were few men but many young ladies. Those in the free seats behaved the best.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] We sat in the last seat in the side aisle. I prefer this to any other seat in a church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 209. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551090929402 accessed: 8 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Hornsey Rise|
|hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Hornsey Rise|
|Date/Time||23 May, 1880, 06:30 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).