Alice Gertrude Croswell et al. in St James' Church, Upper Edmonton, London - 9 April, 1882, 06:30 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, pages [289]:

O[rgan]. – Ordinary, I think.

H[ymns]. – Either Bickers or Church Hymns, the usual Easter selection.

C[hoir]. – I think in the West Gallery with the Organ.  We sat under the West gallery.

[The congregation numbered] 500. The congregation is lower middle class - not churchy. 


S[ermon]. – We didn't stop because my small daughter was with …   more >>

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. [289]. accessed: 16 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St James' Church, Upper Edmonton, London


Listening to

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Easter hymns selected from either 'Church Hymns' or the 'Hymnal Companion' performed by the choir and organist of St James' Church Upper Edmonton
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St James' Church Upper Edmonton

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 April, 1882, 06:30 PM
Duration 1 hours
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. The record is numbered as 280 in the transcript, but there is another record no. 280. The date and position of this record within the transcript as a whole places it as no. 289. ‘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). ‘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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:42:33 +0000
Approved on Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:31:41 +0100