Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Bromley St Leonard, East End of London - the 1880's, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 295:
The service began late
O[rgan]. – Ordinary; played, I think, by a lady.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., an ordinary selection. It was too dark to see.
C[hoir]. – Large and cathedral-like. I sat quite behind and couldn't see.
[The congregation numbered] 800 […]
S[ermon]. – We didn't stop.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 295. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551459758703 accessed: 30 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bromley St Leonard|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bromley St Leonard|
|Date/Time||the 1880's, 07:00 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 record is undated. Its position within the whole would place it between late June and early August 1882. ‘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.