Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary's Church, Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London - 15 March, 1885, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 427:

The Bishop was in the Chancel stalls. 

[…]

O[rgan]. – Removed to East end in 1875.

H[ymns]. – Church Hymns and Mission Hymns.  "Shall we gather …"  "O happy band …" etc.

C[hoir]. – Large bed-gown surplices.  Not very good singing.

[The congregation numbered] 1000 nearly.  Did Bishop draw the people?  […] 

A large representative gathering.

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Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 427. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553512613931 accessed: 3 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mary's Church, Wyndham Place, Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bryanston Square
'Shall we gather'
written by Robert Lowry
performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bryanston Square
hymns selected from 'Church Hymns' and 'Mission Hymns' performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bryanston Square
'O happy band of pilgrims' performed by the choir and organist of St Mary's Church Bryanston Square

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 March, 1885, 07:00 PM
Duration 55 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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. A number of late nineteenth-century hymnals included 'Mission Hymns' within their title, and it is not possible to ascertain which one Croswell was referring to in this record.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:16:54 +0000
Approved on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:00:26 +0100