Henry Croswell et al. in Holy Trinity Church, Bishops Road, Paddington, London - 27 March, 1881, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 248:
A High Low Church
O[rgan]. – Wonderful, powerful, steam blowing. "Christian, dost thou …" sounded like a voice!
H[ymns]. – The usual old collection of S.P.C.K.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced with fine voices. It was fine Cathedral singing.
[The congregation numbered] 1100 – […] It was a middle class congregation with the lower class quarelling [sic] outside.
S[ermon]. – I didn't stop.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 248. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551281885156 accessed: 20 October, 2021 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||27 March, 1881, 07:00 PM|
|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 S.P.C.K. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) hymnbook refers to ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and/or ‘Church Hymns with Tunes (1874, under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan). This collection was the most successful of the competitors to ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ in the late nineteenth century, containing a larger number of hymns overall, and more hymns specifically intended for children and young people.