Henry Croswell et al. in All Saints' Church, Grosvenor Road, Pimlico, London - 4 November, 1883, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 358:

O[rgan]. – Nice, good and well played.

H[ymns]. – A. & M. - a churchy selection, the tunes pretty.

C[hoir]. – Large, rather ordinary, the boys paid. 

The Psalms - Redhead, sometimes beautiful.

[The congregation numbered] 750 – It was probably unusually full being the Festival of All Saints. […]

S[ermon]. – […] We didn't stop.


M[iscellaneous]. – It is a modern so-called High Church.  There was little to find fault with and little to admire. 

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 358. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552927940294 accessed: 2 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: All Saints' Church, Grosvenor Road, Pimlico, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Grosvenor Road
hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir and organist of All Saints' Church Grosvenor Road

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 November, 1883, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 minutes
Medium live
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 14 November 1883, which was not a Sunday. Croswell’s mention of the Feast of All Saints places the date as 4 November, which in 1883 was the nearest Sunday to All Saints’ Day. ‘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. The church music publications of Richard Redhead (1820–1901) reflect his Tractarian sympathies. He produced the first Anglican plainsong psalter, ‘Laudes diurnae’ (1843).

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:52:20 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:44:20 +0100