Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Chelsea, London - 24 February, 1884, 07:02 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, pages 374/[374a]:

[Croswell recorded that the service began at 7pm, but] [374a: Got there 7.2. Home 9.10.]


O[rgan]. – Very ordinary, yet good.

H[ymns]. – Church Hymns.  "Glory be to Jesus .." and another not in either Hymns A. & M. or "Bickers".

C[hoir]. – If any it was in the West Gallery under which I sat.

[The congregation numbered] 400 – […] I saw many actually working men. …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 374/[374a]. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553006886774 accessed: 14 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Christ Church, Chelsea, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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'Glory be to Jesus'
written by Friedrich Filitz
performed by the congregation choir? and organist of Christ Church, Chelsea
a hymn selected from 'Church Hymns' performed by the congregation choir? and organist of Christ Church, Chelsea
Anglican church music performed by the congregation choir? and organist of Christ Church, Chelsea

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 February, 1884, 07:02 PM
Duration 43 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. The transcript includes an unnumbered record which is a near-duplicate of record no. 374. This is referred to as record no. 374a in the listening experience above, and supplementary information from it has been inserted in editorial square brackets. ‘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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:48:07 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 08:31:21 +0100