Henry Croswell et al. in St John the Evangelist Church, Drury Lane, London - 30 October, 1881, 07:07 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 276:

The service didn't begin until seven minutes past the hour.

[…]

O[rgan]. – Ordinary.  The blower was a young man who was attentive and sung the hymns.

H[ymns]. – S.P.C.K. - "We saw Thee not…" and another.

C[hoir]. – Twenty boys, two ladies and three men, unsurpliced.

[…]

[The congregation numbered] 170 – There were many young women, few elderly men and no poor. […] All were attentive and provided with hymn books. 

S[ermon]. – From the Curate but we didn't stop.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 276. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551434321363 accessed: 8 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St John the Evangelist Church, Drury Lane, 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 John Evangelist Church Drury Lane
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St John Evangelist Church Drury Lane
'We saw Thee not when Thou didst tread' performed by the choir and organist of St John Evangelist Church Drury Lane

Experience Information

Date/Time 30 October, 1881, 07:07 PM
Duration 43 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 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:58:41 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:54:28 +0100