Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Jamaica Street, Stepney, East End of London - 4 February, 1883, 06:50 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 320:
We got there at the second lesson and left directly after the Sermon.
O[rgan]. – Small and ordinary. I like this sort.
C[hoir]. – Any number of boys and girls unsurpliced.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns - a Low Church selection. They were sung by most of the congre[g]ation but many hadn't books.
[The congregation numbered] 450 – […] Many poor sat at the bottom! There were very few men, no boys, many young ladies and all very devout.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 320. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552561025157 accessed: 22 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Jamaica Street|
|Low Church hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Jamaica Street|
|Date/Time||4 February, 1883, 06:50 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. ‘Church Hymns’ (1871) and ‘Church Hymns with Tunes’ (1874) were publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.), under the musical editorship of Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900). This collection was the most successful of the competitors to ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’ in the late nineteenth century, containing a larger number of hymns overall, and more hymns specifically intended for children and young people.