Sabine Baring-Gould

Important Notice

At the annual Meeting of the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society in October 2018 it was decided that we would wind up the society in its current form. The reasons for this are set out in a letter from the Chair, which you can read HERE.

This does not mean that the Society will disappear completely, but we are looking to see how we can create a new organisation that will maintain this website  and communicate news of interesting developments to those interested in Sabine Baring-Gould through an e-mail list. It is also possible that we might be able to organise one-off meetings or visits.

We will not be accepting any further membership fees, but if you wish to add your name to the e-mail list please let us know (a form to do so will be provided in the near future.

We will no longer be publishing the SBGAS Newsletter or Transactions but all the issues of both publications will be made available on this website over the next few months.

Please be patient as we go through this process – and we hope that you will continue to take an interest in Sabine Baring-Gould and his works.

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.