Henry Croswell et al. in St Mark's Church, East Street, Walworth, London - 3 June, 1883, 06:55 PM

from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 336:

We got there at the First Lesson.


O[rgan]. – It was formerly in S. Dionis, Backchurch - fine.

H[ymns]. – Bickers, a popular selection, the new edition.  The singing was nicely congregational.

C[hoir]. – Much mixed consisting of boys, females and males with much music paper.

[The congregation numbered] 300 – […] There were few young men and women.  They are probably out with S.  Mark's Church Army.  Some of these came in at the end.  There were many bald heads.

cite as

Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 336. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552579894186 accessed: 18 June, 2024 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: St Mark's Church, East Street, Walworth, London


Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher

Listening to

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hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion' performed by the choir organist and congregation of St Mark's Church, East Street, Walworth
Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of St Mark's Church East Street, Walworth

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 June, 1883, 06:55 PM
Duration 1 hours 10 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).

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:11:34 +0000
Approved on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:41:42 +0100