Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Victoria Street, Westminster, London - 15 May, 1881, 07:05 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 255:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We arrived at 7.5.
O[rgan]. – Fine and large at the East end.
H[ymns]. – Bickers, a popular selection and tunes.
C[hoir]. – A few men, unsurpliced, in correctly arranged choir stalls.
[The congregation numbered] 500 – […] There were many "poor but respectable" - a fine representative gathering.
M[iscellaneous]. – I would call it a successfully managed Low Church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 255. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551346326338 accessed: 1 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Victoria Street|
|performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Victoria Street|
|Date/Time||15 May, 1881, 07:05 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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906).