Henry Croswell et al. in St Philip's Church, Stepney, East End of London - 28 January, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 319:
O[rgan]. – Ordinary in the West Gallery.
C[hoir]. – Twelve lads but no men whatseover [sic]. One choir boy had a dirty face which I thought unusual.
H[ymns]. – A. & M. "Lead, kindly light …" - fine and a hymn before the prayers which was curious.
[The congregation numbered] 90 – The seats are all free - ours was very draughty. There were very few men, some High Church women and the service was correctly done and sung.
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. 319. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552560282292 accessed: 8 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||28 January, 1883, 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. ‘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.