Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodchester Street, Paddington, London - 29 March, 1885, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 429:

O[rgan]. – Large, fine ([organist, Richard] Redhead)

H[ymns]. – A. & M., an ordinary selection.

C[hoir]. – Surpliced, large, well-trained. 

Five bells and a clock.

[The congregation numbered] 950 Crowded, some standing and these are normal conditions.  […] There were few elderly men and some mashers. 

S[ermon]. – [We d]idn't stop. 

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cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 429. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1553514276556 accessed: 6 October, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodchester Street, Paddington, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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hymns selected from 'Hymns A&M' performed by the choir of St Mary Magdalene Church Woodchester Street, Richard Redhead
Anglican church music performed by Richard Redhead, the choir of St Mary Magdalene Church Woodchester Street

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 March, 1885, 07:00 PM
Duration 50 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. ‘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. Richard Redhead (1820–1901) was organist at St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, for nearly thirty years from 1864. His church music publications reflect his Tractarian sympathies and his interest in plainsong.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:44:37 +0000
Approved on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:51:26 +0100