Henry Croswell et al. in The Episcopal Jews' Chapel, Bethnal Green, East End of London - 25 July, 1880, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 215:

O[rgan]. – Ordinary - mothing [sic] special about it.

H[ymns]. – A special collection printed at the Institution.

C[hoir]. – Was presided over by two venerable people.  There were forty boys and thirty girls, clothed.  Were they converts?  An Anthem was sung.  The nice quiet singing was a treat.

[The congregation numbered] 250 – Many were elderly and none in the free seats.  We all sat in the Front Gallery.


There was no gas except in and under the organ-loft.  There was an air of repose about the whole thing.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 215. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551096363366 accessed: 19 July, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: The Episcopal Jews' Chapel, Bethnal Green, East End of London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music including an anthem and hymns performed by the choir and organist of the Episcopal Jews' Chapel

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 July, 1880, 07:00 PM
Duration 1 hours 15 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 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:06:03 +0000
Approved on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:05:56 +0100