Henry Croswell et al. in St Philip's Church, Arlington Square, Islington, London - 3 July, 1881, 11:20 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 262:
[Croswell recorded that he arrived at 11.20am] The service begun at 11.0. It was very long and included the Litany, State prayers - all.
O[rgan]. – Good, at the East End.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns - "The Church's one Foundation …"
C[hoir]. – Nice, large, unsurpliced choir - lads and boys.
[The congregation numbered] 225
M[iscellaneous]. – The first Sunday morning I was away from S. Clement's - a relief.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 262. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551352791959 accessed: 3 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||3 July, 1881, 11:20 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 40 minutes|
|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. ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘Church Hymns with Tunes’ (1874) were publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.), under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). 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.