Henry Croswell et al. in St Thomas' Church, Liberty of the Rolls, Breams Buildings, Chancery Lane, City of London - 9 December, 1883, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 363:

O[rgan]. – In the West Gallery.  "Ain't it nasty?" one of my young companions observed.  The Hon. Organist is Mr. Haynes.

H[ymns]. – Windle.  They were nice hymns but horrible tunes.

C[hoir]. – Eight, mixed, in the West Gallery. They came in late.  It was not good singing at all.

[The congregation numbered] 40 – There were some poor.  All were extremely Low but devotional except for two talking in front and I saw some young men laughing at the bad singing.

S[ermon]. – […] We didn't stop. 

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 363. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552936141417 accessed: 7 July, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Thomas' Church, Liberty of the Rolls, Breams Buildings, Chancery Lane, City of London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from Windle's hymnal performed by Mr Haynes, the choir of St Thomas' Church Liberty of the Rolls
Anglican church music performed by Mr Haynes, the choir of St Thomas' Church Liberty of the Rolls

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 December, 1883, 07:00 PM
Duration 40 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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. William Windle’s ‘The Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymn Book’ was published in a music edition revised by George Cooper in 1862.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:09:01 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:55:16 +0100