Henry Croswell et al. in St Peter's Church, Upper Holloway, London - 8 May, 1881, 07:00 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 254:

O[rgan]. – Small and old, perhaps temporary.

H[ymns]. – I think Bickers, though both hymns were in Hymns, A. & M.

C[hoir]. –  Of men and boys who were well behaved.

[The congregation numbered] 300 – The congregation was quite middle class from near by.

S[ermon]. – We didn't stop; it was probably not interesting.


M[iscellaneous]. – It is very Low Church with the Islington use with canticles and a repeated Thanksgiving.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 254. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1551287057374 accessed: 21 May, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Peter's Church, Upper Holloway, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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Anglican church music and hymns performed by the choir and organist of St Peter's Church Upper Holloway

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 May, 1881, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 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. ‘Bickers’ refers to ‘The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer’ (1870, rev. 1877; and in a revised edition with tunes, 1890) compiled by Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906). '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 Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:04:17 +0000
Approved on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:27:56 +0100