Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Paddington Green, London - 8 February, 1885, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 422:

Dreadfully wet evening but got on well.


O[rgan]. – Small in West Gallery; rather florrid [sic].  My companion said that the service was Dykes and he thought it good. 

[The congregation numbered] 500 A curious gathering - many poor girls, some working men and some elderly gentlemen.

S[ermon]. – [We d]idn't stop.


M[iscellaneous]. – Rain dripped on me.  We moved.  Everything cosy and irregular.  Seats all anyhow.  One man in Choir called out Thanksgiving defiantly.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 422. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553327604584 accessed: 24 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mary's Church, Paddington Green, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music
written by John Bacchus Dykes
performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Paddington Green

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 February, 1885, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Sat, 23 Mar 2019 07:53:25 +0000
Approved on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:29:41 +0100