I agree, Anne, about the problems of generalising when we have to deal with churches ranging in size from those in large towns, small towns and villages. But it`s the churches that were large enough to have choirs that interest us.
Coming up with a date and time range for start of chanting in CoE churches in England would make a nice little research project.
With the search engines we now have into newspapers, and some expenditure to view the articles and check which actually report a start-up or praise a service, it wouldn`t be a big task.
I have just been into the BL Newspaper Collection, searching on "antiphonal chanting", and find for 50-year periods numbers of mentions:
Without paying, I could glimpse a line or so of text, and saw several suggestive of the practice being novel enough to merit a mention and praise. These articles date from the 1840s to the 1870s, with a majority in the 1860s.
Chanting of Psalms An interesting book is 'The Choral Revival in the Anglican Church' by Bernarr [sic] Rainbow, Boydell Press, which charts the introduction of chanting the psalms quite well. I find... more