Henry Croswell et al. in St Mark's Church, North Audley Street, Mayfair, London - 7 April, 1884
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 384:
Tried to get to Christ Church, Mayfair, but made a muddle of it.
O[rgan]. – Large, couldn't see it though.
H[ymns]. – A & M. - one hymn "Ride on …" Fine tune.
Anthem - "Saviour of the world". Good.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, nice singing.
[The congregation numbered] 800 – Mostly young people and well behaved, a fine sight from end of West Gallery where we sat.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop
All respectable, well done Anglican.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 384. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553032078299 accessed: 24 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||7 April, 1884|
|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 visit was made in the evening, but Croswell does not specify the precise time. ‘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.