Henry Croswell et al. in Holy Trinity Church, Finchley New Road, West Hampstead, London - 8 July, 1883, 07:00 PM
from Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell, page 342:
O[rgan]. – Ordinary. The Nunc Dimittis was gregorian and fine. We joined in. The psalms were read and the music was anglican.
H[ymns]. – Bickers, a dissenting selection, not good.
C[hoir]. – Anybody in the Chancel - voluntary with no voice. There were hardly any responses from anybody.
[The congregation numbered] 800 – […] There were many young ladies, few men. The ladies in front of us behaved badly.
S[ermon]. – […] we didn't stay.
Henry Croswell, Transcript of the diaries of Henry Croswell. In British Library, number 000826807, C.194.c.113 , p. 342. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1552664624925 accessed: 4 October, 2023 (By permission of the British Library.)
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|Date/Time||8 July, 1883, 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. ‘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).