Henry Croswell et al. in The City Temple, Holborn Viaduct, London - 18 November, 1880, 12:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 228:

Thursday […]  went in at 12.0, came out at 12.15 and went in again after dinner at 12.50, and so heard the Sermon and Epilogue.


P[riests]. – 1. No second would be tolerated.  The great [Joseph] Parker worshipped here.

O[rgan]. – Large, grand and showy.

H[ymns]. – The condensed Congregational Hymn Book.

C[hoir]. –  Two …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 228. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551177301895 accessed: 18 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: The City Temple, Holborn Viaduct, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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hymns selected from the Congregational Hymn Book performed by the organist and congregation at the City Temple

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 November, 1880, 12:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 15 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. The ‘Congregational Hymn Book’ refers to the ‘New Congregational Hymn Book’ of 1859, (enlarged with a supplement in 1874, and subsequently issued in an abridged version in 1876) a publication of the Congregational Church (the City Temple was an independent non-conformist church). A tune-book was compiled by Adam Wright in 1861. Various other tune-books were also used in Congregational churches at the time of Croswell’s visit.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:35:02 +0000
Approved on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:49:02 +0100