Henry Croswell et al. in All Saints' Church, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London - 28 November, 1880, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 230:

Got there as the service was just beginning and left in the middle of the sermon.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Perched up in the West Gallery.

H[ymns]. – A & M, the old Edition, a dry selection.

C[hoir]. – Five men and nine lads in the West Gallery - not much of singers.

[The congregation numbered] 100 – A curious collection of respectable nobodies, all very decorous and dull.  There is no life, but of …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 230. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551179322259 accessed: 8 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: All Saints' Church, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Gordon Square
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Gordon Square

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 November, 1880, 07:00 PM
Duration 50 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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. ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern for use in the Services of the Church’ (1861; Appendix, 1868; Second edition, 1875; Supplement, 1889) was envisaged as an anthology of the best hymns available and became the most widely-used hymnbook in the Church of England during the late nineteenth century. William Henry Monk (1823–89) was musical editor.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:08:42 +0000
Approved on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:53:46 +0100