Henry Croswell et al. in St Paul's Church, Balls Pond, Islington, London - 24 September, 1876, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 88:

O[rgan]. – Small but loudly played.

C[hoir]. – It consisted principally of screaming women.

[The congregation numbered] 600


M[iscellaneous]. – [...] The Hymns are all in Ancient and Modern.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 88. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547133144723 accessed: 16 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Paul's Church, Balls Pond, Islington, 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 Paul's Church Balls Pond

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 September, 1876, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 20 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. ‘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.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:12:25 +0000
Approved on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:12:02 +0100