Henry Croswell et al. in Holy Trinity Church, Knightsbridge, London - 8 January, 1882, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 285:

O[rgan]. – Ordinary in the West Gallery. 

H[ymns]. – The Guide[*] says Hymns A. & M.  I doubt it. 

C[hoir]. – In the West Gallery - mixed.  They sounded like mostly school children. 

[The congregation numbered] 250 – An ordinary congregation.  I saw many grooms etc.  All were devout and well behaved.  


S[ermon]. – I didn't stop so I can't tell what …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 285. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551445094675 accessed: 18 April, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Holy Trinity Church, Knightsbridge, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the choir and organist of Holy Trinity Church Knightsbridge

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 January, 1882, 07:00 PM
Duration 40 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. Charles Mackeson’s ‘A Guide to the Churches of London and its Suburbs’ was published annually during the late nineteenth century. It listed details about the clergy, organist and choir, services, style of churchmanship and music, architecture, etc. Croswell mentions the Guide in his records from 1881 onwards. ‘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 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:58:15 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:18:28 +0100