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.

cite as

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: 14 August, 2022 (By permission of the British Library.)

location of experience: Holy Trinity Church, Finchley New Road, West Hampstead, London

Listeners

Henry Croswell
assurance clerk, Sunday School teacher
1840-1893

Listening to

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Anglican church music performed by the choir and organist of Holy Trinity Church Finchley New Road
hymns selected from the 'Hymnal Companion' performed by the choir and organist of Holy Trinity Church Finchley New Road
Nunc Dimittis performed by the congregation choir and organist of Holy Trinity Church, Finchley New Road

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 July, 1883, 07:00 PM
Duration 45 minutes
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

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 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:43:45 +0000
Approved on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:52:48 +0100