Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Stratford, Bow, East End of London - 18 February, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 322:
O[rgan]. – Good but I couldn't see it as I was in the side free seats at the far end.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns. Neither were in Hymns A. & M. They used to use Bickers.
C[hoir]. – Boys etc. unsurpliced in the Chancel. They were not up to much.
[The congregation numbered] 300 – It is an average old Parish Church congregation.
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. 322. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552562809349 accessed: 8 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Church Hymns'||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Stratford, Bow|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Stratford, Bow|
|Date/Time||18 February, 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. ‘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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906).