Henry Croswell et al. in Christ Church, Hampstead, London - 16 March, 1884, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, pages 379/[379a]:

[Croswell recorded that the service began at 7pm] [379a: Got there 6.50.  Home by 8.50.]


P[riests]. – 3. The Vicar, the celebrated Bickers[teth] and two Curates, one of whom was elderly.

O[rgan]. – Large, good, at the side of the Chancel.

H[ymns]. – Only one hymn (Bickers, of course).  None after the Third Collect.  I thought this strange.

C[hoir]. – With large bed-gown …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 379/[379a]. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553013514631 accessed: 15 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Christ Church, Hampstead, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Hampstead
a hymn selected from Bickersteth's 'Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer' performed by the choir and organist of Christ Church Hampstead

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 March, 1884, 07:00 PM
Duration 40 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. 379. This is referred to as record no. 379a in the listening experience above, and supplementary information from it has been inserted in editorial square brackets. ‘Bickers’ here 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), incumbent of Christ Church, Hampstead, at the time of Croswell’s visit.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:38:35 +0000
Approved on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 08:46:30 +0100