in St John's Church, Highbury Vale, Highbury, London - 7 May, 1882, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 221:

[Croswell had previously visited St John's Church when housed in a temporary iron building, but]  this time in the new Church.

[The service began at 7pm and continued until 8.30, but] We stopped until the hymn after the sermon. 


O[rgan]. – Small, nice and softly played. 

H[ymns]. – Bickers - popular, Low. 

C[hoir]. – Large, unsurpliced of men and boys.

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cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 221. accessed: 30 November, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St John's Church, Highbury Vale, Highbury, London

Experience Information

Date/Time 7 May, 1882, 07:00 PM
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. ‘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).

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Feb 2019 16:03:12 +0000
Approved on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:23:37 +0100