Henry Croswell et al. in St Peter's Church, Sumner Street, Southwark, London - 26 September, 1880, 06:45 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 220:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] Got there at a quarter to seven. We left after the Offertory. It was not over then.
O[rgan]. – Ordinary, at the East end and the gallery seems to have been cut away.
H[ymns]. – Harland's Collection, some local Staffordshire clergyman's antiquated selection.
C[hoir]. – Twelve Boys, four men, unsurpliced.
[The congregation numbered] 130 – There were many poor at the back and sides. The front was singularly empty.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 220. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551107751550 accessed: 3 October, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Peter's Church Sumner Street|
|hymns selected from the 'Church Psalter and Hymnal'||performed by the choir and organist of St Peter's Church Sumner Street|
|Date/Time||26 September, 1880, 06:45 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. Edward Harland’s popular ‘Church Psalter and Hymnal’ was published in 1855, with an 1869 edition incorporating tunes selected by Henry John Gauntlett (1805–76). A further supplement of hymns was added in 1876.