Sabine Baring-Gould (1834 - 1924)

Sabine Baring-Gould's life is a story in itself, with his unconventional childhood, his marriage to a mill-girl half his age and his dedication to antiquarian pursuits alongside his life as squire and parson of a small Devonshire village. He was regarded as one of the top ten novelists of his time, but wrote prolifically on his travels, religious matters, historical figures and on many other topics. Over 1200 publications are listed in his bibliography.

He was an early archaeologist, respected for his work on Dartmoor, in Cornwall, in Wales and in France. He was also a folklorist, but he regarded his greatest achievement to be his collection of songs, most of them heard from singers in Devon and Cornwall. Beside his writing he re-created the twin hearts of his beloved parish of Lew Trenchard - his home, Lew House and the beautiful little church of St Peter, Lewtrenchard. For these he was his own architect.

At his death in 1924 he largely dropped out of the public's memory and if he was remembered it would have been for his best known hymns such as 'Onward, Christian soldiers' and 'Now the day is over'. In recent years members of the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society, with the help of the descendants of his 15 children, have searched out forgotten manuscripts and letters which help to give a better picture of the life of this remarkable man.

You can download a copy of the SBGAS Leaflet here, which you can read and print - but please note that the subscription rates have now changed. For details see the Membership page.

The website has been thoroughly overhauled (July 2015) and I have caught up with a number of changes that I should have made a long time ago - see below. Like the Forth Bridge, this is a task that should be ongoing, but real life  (I must get one!) makes it difficult to achieve this state of perfection. If you find errors or other shortcomings, please do let me know.



News Box- news items in brief

  • The preliminary details of the 2017 Annual Gathering are now available. It will take place in Princetown, on Dartmoor, from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October. We will meet for a meal at the Plume of Feathers on Friday evening for a meal together. On Saturday the first part of the meeting will take place in the Princetown Community Centre. In the evening we will return to the Plume of Feathers for our dinner together. We will return to the Community Centre for the second part of the meeting on Sunday.

    Further details will be posted here nearer the time.

  • SBGAS subscriptions remain unchanged for 2017 (£15 individual, £20 couple, £25 overseas) if you have not done so, you should pay the Treasurer (Bill Oke) as soon as possible



About this site and the current update:

This is the third version of the SBGAS website. There are still things that I would like to do better, but space and time necessitate some compromises.

The most recent full update was in July 2015 when the following work was carried out:

·      Updated and improved the 'Photo Gallery'

·      Consolidated a lot of information on the 'Links' page.

·      I have updated the meetings page

·      I have updated the Index to the SBGAS Transactions

·      I have put the AGM minutes online, as I should have done earlier


Martin Graebe

[Updated 22 Jan 2016]