Henry Croswell et al. in St Mary Magdalene Church, Munster Square, London - 9 April, 1876, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 66:

The service is ancient Ritualism.


O[rgan]. – Good, well played, the organ being behind the player.

C[hoir]. – Six men and twelve boys, fair singers. 

[The congregation numbered] 300 – The congregation consisted principally of Sisters-of-Mercy and women.


M[iscellaneous]. –  [...] The choir boys are in large surplices and terminate the procession.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 66. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547039788274 accessed: 16 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mary Magdalene Church, Munster Square, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Mary Magdalene Church

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 April, 1876, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 30 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 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 13:16:28 +0000
Approved on Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:17:06 +0100