Henry Croswell et al. in St Andrew's Church, Prince's Street (now Coin Street), Blackfriars, London - 5 December, 1880, 07:15 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 231:
We came in in the middle of the sermon.
O[rgan]. – Showy but ordinary.
H[ymns]. – Snepp's Songs of Grace and Glory.
C[hoir]. – A mixed collection in the stalls. From what little we heard they were poor singers.
[The congregation numbered] 200 – Many females who were pewholders, few males and none poor. There were many ill-behaved children.
M[iscellaneous]. – I found everything very slow and uninteresting. The seats are let. It is extreme Low Church.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 231. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551181640044 accessed: 3 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of St Andrew's Prince's Street (now Coin Street)|
|hymns selected from 'Songs of Grace and Glory'||performed by the choir and organist of St Andrew's Church Prince's Street (now Coin Street)|
|Date/Time||5 December, 1880, 07:15 PM|
|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. ‘Songs of Grace and Glory’, ed. Charles Busbridge Snepp (1872) contained 1025 hymns of a generally evangelical cast. The music was drawn from a collection by William Henry Havergal (1793–1870), prepared by his daughter, Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–79), together with some new ones composed by her.