Alice Marian Croswell, née Burbridge et al. in St Mary Woolnoth Church, Lombard Street, City of London - 29 December, 1878, 06:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 140:
P[riests]. – 2. The Rector (Dr. Irons), a fine militant Churchman. The Curate, a nobody.
O[rgan]. – At the East end; well played.
H[ymns]. – Irons' own; and an Anthem.
C[hoir]. – A double quartet of boys with no voices and some young women in the front seat of the congregation.… more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 140. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1547639929599 accessed: 30 March, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music including an anthem||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary Woolnoth Church Lombard Street|
|Hymns written by William J. Irons||performed by the choir and organist of St Mary Woolnoth Church Lombard Street|
|Date/Time||29 December, 1878, 06:00 PM|
|Duration||1 hours 30 minutes|
|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. On this occasion, Croswell recorded that his wife accompanied him to the service. William Josiah Irons (1812–83) wrote hymns throughout his career. With the organist Henry Lahee, he published The Metrical Psalter, for singing at each Sunday service throughout the year (1855) and an Appendix (1861), containing 22 hymns. Later he published Hymns for Use in Church (1866), and Hymns for the Church (1873; enlarged as Psalms and Hymns for the Church, 1875; enlarged again 1883). In the preface to the latter edition, he wrote: ‘The Organist of S. Mary Woolnoth, W.H. ESSEX, ESQ., has selected Music for this Book. Tunes from the Works of H. LAHEE, ESQ., and of the REV. R.R. CHOPE, are used among us; and to DR. STAINER, of St. Paul’s, and others, my thanks are due.’