in All Saints' Church, Spicer Street, Mile End New Town, East End of London - 27 June, 1880, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 212:

Everything was extreme Low Church.

O[rgan]. – In the West Gallery.

H[ymns]. – Church Hymns - mot [sic] stirring tunes - all chosen for children.  It was Centenary Sunday.

C[hoir]. – In the West Gallery consisting mainly of lads.

[The congregation numbered] 60 – There were many elderly people and several middle-aged men!  Several boys and girls came for the Centenary.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 212. accessed: 24 April, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: All Saints' Church, Spicer Street, Mile End New Town, East End of London

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Spicer Street
children's hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 June, 1880, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours 50 minutes
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. ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘Church Hymns with Tunes’ (1874) were publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.), under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). This collection was the most successful of the competitors to ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ in the late nineteenth century, containing a larger number of hymns overall, and more hymns specifically intended for children and young people.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 11:12:59 +0000
Approved on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:58:26 +0100