Henry Croswell et al. in All Hallows' Church, Devons Road, Bromley-by-Bow, East End of London - 7 January, 1883, 06:30 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 316:
It is not a successful church; it is too Low.
O[rgan]. – Not much and common-looking.
H[ymns]. – Bickers - a commonplace selection.
C[hoir]. – A mixed assemblage of young women, boys and men with no voices.
[The congregation numbered] 140 – There were also many rude boys and one man who said "Ay-men" loudly to everything and another man who protested loudly against the boys.
S[ermon]. – […] we didn't stay.
M[iscellaneous]. – […] There is no life in the place.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 316. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552412505934 accessed: 9 December, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Anglican church music||performed by the choir and organist of All Hallows' Church Devons Road|
|hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion'||performed by the choir and organist of All Hallows' Church Devons Road|
|Date/Time||7 January, 1883, 06:30 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. ‘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).