Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Elm Road, Camden Town, London - 23 October, 1881, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 275:

O[rgan]. – Ordinarily played.

H[ymns]. – S.P.C.K. - "O worship the King …" Anthem - A Psalm of sixteen verses!

C[hoir]. – Any number of ladies and gentlemen.

[The congregation numbered] 500 – An ordinary congregation - all were decorous.  There were many men, a good thing and also a good many swell ladies!

S[ermon]. –  We didn't stop.  The pew-opener was surprised.

 

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 275. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551369149100 accessed: 5 July, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Thomas' Church, Elm Road, Camden Town, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from 'Church Hymns' performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Elm Road
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Elm Road
'O worship the King'
written by William Croft
performed by the choir and organist of St Thomas' Church Elm Road

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 October, 1881, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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) published ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘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.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:52:29 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:52:15 +0100