Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Church, Whitechapel, East End of London - 11 September, 1881, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 268:
[Croswell recorded that the church is 'next door to the Sailors' Home']
We stopped for the whole service.
O[rgan]. – Good and well played at the West end of the Gallery.
H[ymns]. – Mercer, exchanging for Bickers shortly. It was a fine selection of stirring hymns.
C[hoir]. – A few girls etc. in the Congrgation [sic]. There was some fine congregational singing.… more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 268. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551357839826 accessed: 25 January, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the organist choir and congregation of St Paul's Church, Whitechapel|
|hymns selected from Mercer's hymnal||performed by the organist choir and congregation of St Paul's Church, Whitechapel|
|Date/Time||11 September, 1881, 06:30 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 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. William Mercer’s ‘The Church Psalter and Hymn Book’ (1854, enlarged, 1856; new edition, 1864; reprinted with Appendix, 1872) was one of the principal Church of England hymnals before the publication of ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’. The music editor was John Goss.