Henry Croswell et al. in Church of St John the Evangelist, Limehouse, East End of London - 14 January, 1883, 07:10 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 317:
The service didn't begin until 7.10
O[rgan]. – Fine, large in the Chancel.
H[ymns]. – The Hymnary - a fine Epiphany selection.
C[hoir]. – Thirty six! large, fine, cathedral-like. They wore very long surplices and turned East at the Glorias. I never heard nicer Anglican singing.
[The congregation numbered] 100 – […] The conregation [sic] consisted of repsectable [sic] lower middle class, few of them, if any, very poor.
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. 317. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552413336856 accessed: 5 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'The Hymnary'||performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St John the Evangelist Limehouse|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of the Church of St John the Evangelist Limehouse|
|Date/Time||14 January, 1883, 07:10 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 Hymnary’ was published in 1872, edited by William Cooke and Benjamin Webb. The music editor was Joseph Barnby. The collection never achieved the popularity of either ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ or the ‘Church Hymnal’.