Henry Croswell et al. in St Ann's Church, Limehouse, East End of London - 17 October, 1880, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 223:
I left in the middle of the sermon as the clock struck eight.
O[rgan]. – Large, fine.
H[ymns]. – S.P.C.K. but singularly uninteresting.
C[hoir]. – A few girls in the Gallery. There was little singing and no responding.
[The congregation numbered] 1000 – A grand collection of parishioners in love with their Parish Church.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] It is very Low Church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 223. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551115142089 accessed: 1 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Ann's Church Limehouse|
|performed by the choir and organist of St Ann's Church Limehouse|
|Date/Time||17 October, 1880, 07:00 PM|
|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. Croswell’s mention of the S.P.C.K. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) hymnbook refers to ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and/or ‘Church Hymns with Tunes (1874, under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan). 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.