Henry Croswell et al. in St Stephen's Church, Poplar, East End of London - 27 February, 1881, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 243:

O[rgan]. – Fine, modern, well-played.

H[ymns]. – A. & M. "Just as I am …"

C[hoir]. – Large, consisting of men and lads unsurpliced.  It was well trained nice singing and Anglican.

[The congregation numbered] 170 – I saw several young men together and several young women together.  There were many children behind, few old and few, if any, very poor.

S[ermon]. – In a surplice but we didn't stay.

[…]

M[iscellaneous]. – […]  It appears to be Low High Church.  They sit nearly all the time.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 243. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551271897233 accessed: 16 May, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Stephen's Church, Poplar, East End of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Poplar
'Just as I am, without one plea'
written by Henry Smart
performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Poplar
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Stephen's Church Poplar

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 February, 1881, 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 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:51:37 +0000
Approved on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:59:43 +0100