Henry Croswell et al. in Eaton Chapel, Eaton Square, Belgravia, London - 25 May, 1884, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 393:
Nearly lost our way going.
O[rgan]. – Organist, irreverent and musical. Organ small, old, dirty, not well played.
H[ymns]. – Bickers "Thou are gone up …" to ugly tune.
C[hoir]. – A study. Four old men, ten women, eight badly behaved lads in West Gallery.
[The congregation numbered] 400 – Hardly any in the large galleries, many elderly, many women downstairs. Probably better attended on Sunday mornings.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop and didn't want to
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 393. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553093335318 accessed: 7 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||25 May, 1884, 07:00 PM|
|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. ‘Bickers’ 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).