Henry Croswell et al. in St Simon Zelotes Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 20 June, 1880, 06:40 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 211:

[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We got there at 6.40.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Small, not well played.

H[ymns]. – A. & M.  Nice popular hymns and mostly popular tunes.

C[hoir]. – Twelve lads, surpliced and well behaved.  There was moderate good singing and no shouting.

[The congregation numbered] 35 – The males were absent as usual.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – I saw a nurse and deaconess.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 211. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551092388886 accessed: 7 July, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Simon Zelotes Church, Bethnal Green, East End of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Simon Zelotes Church Bethnal Green
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of St Simon Zelotes Church Bethnal Green

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 June, 1880, 06:40 PM
Duration 1 hours 10 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 10:59:49 +0000
Approved on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:56:05 +0100