Henry Croswell et al. in Holy Trinity Church, Little Queen Street, St Giles (Holborn), London - 10 December, 1882, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 312:
The dullness outside was equal to the dullness inside.
[…] The Church and service have remained unaltered for many, many years.
O[rgan]. – Very ordinary. The Voluntary was from the Messiah.
H[ymns]. – Mercer - "Lo, He comes …" to the grand old tune. There was some unknown singing before "Evensong".
C[hoir]. – Some young men and squalling maidens in the West Gallery.
[The congregation … more >>
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 312. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552409158012 accessed: 2 February, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||10 December, 1882, 07:00 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. William Mercer’s ‘The Church Psalter and Hymn Book’ (1854, enlarged, 1856; new edition, 1864; reprinted with Appendix, 1872) was one of the principal Church of England hymnals before the publication of ‘Hymns Ancient and Modern’. The music editor was John Goss.