Henry Croswell et al. in St Matthias' Church, Poplar, East End of London - 13 August, 1882, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 296:

O[rgan]. – Ordinary, large, played with expression.


C[hoir]. – Very mixed consisting of boys, women and a few men.  Also the singing was congregational.

[The congregation numbered] 700 – […] There were many poor and some badly behaved

S[ermon]. – 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. 296. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551460388430 accessed: 28 February, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Matthias' Church, Poplar, East End of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the congregation choir and organist of St Matthias' Church, Poplar

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 August, 1882, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 5 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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 17:13:08 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:38:46 +0100