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.
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: 29 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||30 October, 1881, 07:07 PM|
|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. 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.