Henry Croswell et al. in St Margaret's Church, Westminster - 25 September, 1881, 07:05 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 271:

O[rgan]. – Large, fine and well played.

H[ymns]. – A. & M., a mission selection.

C[hoir]. – Large and surpliced, good singers.

[The congregation numbered] 1850 – Crowded, chairs in the aisles.  I saw many poor, all most reverent and devotional.


M[iscellaneous]. – It was a fine sight to see such a crowd of worshippers. 

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 271. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551360005332 accessed: 1 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Margaret's Church, Westminster


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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mission hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of St Margaret's Church Westminster
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Margaret's Church Westminster

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 September, 1881, 07:05 PM
Duration 1 hours 15 minutes
Medium live
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. ‘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 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 13:20:05 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:45:22 +0100