Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Church, Camden Square, Camden New Town, London - 2 January, 1881, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 235:

And there were ten Psalms all over before 8.0!


O[rgan]. – Good, curiously placed at the West end downstairs.  A voluntary was played before the last verses of the hymns.

H[ymns]. – Very same and ordinary.  The Vicar compromises mostly with only four verses!

C[hoir]. – A quartette [sic] of professionals, curtained, who lolled about and sung by starts.

[The congregation numbered] 180 …   more >>

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Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 235. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551263617355 accessed: 13 April, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Paul's Church, Camden Square, Camden New Town, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the organist of St Paul's Church Camden Square, and a quartet of singers

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 January, 1881, 07:00 PM
Duration 58 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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:33:37 +0000
Approved on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:04:41 +0100