Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Church, Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London - early November, 1883, 11:00 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 357:
[…] There was Holy Communion after but I didn't stop.
O[rgan]. – By Hill (1879). The case is left in the West end with the clock in it.
H[ymns]. – A. & M., a nice selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced. They collected the Offertory! The men are partly paid, the boys voluntary.
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Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 357. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552926944363 accessed: 20 October, 2021 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St Paul's Church Great Portland Street|
|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Paul's Church Great Portland Street|
|Date/Time||early November, 1883, 11:00 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 minutes|
|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. In the transcript, the record is dated as 5 November 1883, which was a Monday. Given that Croswell usually mentions if he has visited a church on a weekday, it is more likely that the date of the visit was Sunday 4 November. ‘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.