Henry Croswell et al. in St Benet's Church, Mile End Road, Stepney, East End of London - 14 November, 1880, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 227:
O[rgan]. – Played by our old acquaintance, D. Bryan.
H[ymns]. – Bickers' Collection - "Just as I am …" etc.
C[hoir]. – The stalls were empty and the West Gallery used. The singing was congregational but not very hearty.
[The congregation numbered] 180 – Few poor but many lads and girls and several substandard persons.
M[iscellaneous]. – Everybody was singularly well behaved and attentive. Why should High Church so frequently be the reverse?
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 227. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551175888102 accessed: 7 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||14 November, 1880, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 35 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. ‘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).