Henry Croswell et al. in St John the Evangelist Church, Horsleydown, Bermondsey, London - 4 January, 1885, 06:55 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 417:
[Croswell recorded that the service began at 6.30pm, but] We didn't get there until 6.55 by a stupid mistake of mine.
O[rgan]. – Large, old, good, powerful.
H[ymns]. – A & M. A nice selection.
C[hoir]. – Large, surpliced, devout. Well sung gregorians.
[The congregation numbered] 200 (say, nearly) […] A grand representative gathering, many poor, a good many males and children.
S[ermon]. – Didn't stop.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 417. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553259430451 accessed: 3 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including Gregorian chant||performed by the choir and organist of St John the Evangelist Church Horsleydown|
|hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M'||performed by the choir and organist of St John the Evangelist Horsleydown|
|Date/Time||4 January, 1885, 06:55 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. ‘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.