Henry Croswell et al. in Belgrave Chapel, Halkin Street, Belgravia, London - 30 March, 1884, 11:00 AM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 382:
All is extremely Low church.
O[rgan]. – Ordinary in West Gallery.
H[ymns]. – Church Hymns. "I lay my sins on Jesus" and "Rock of Ages …"
C[hoir]. – A study - eight females and eight males in West Gallery. Dreadful! "O all ye works …" like S. Katharine's and yet without boys. How different!
[The congregation numbered] 500 – […] All most respectable but few old!
M[iscellaneous]. – Many liveried male servants, several with no books and very listless.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 382. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553030021874 accessed: 9 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||30 March, 1884, 11:00 AM|
|Duration||1 hours 20 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. ‘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.