St Peter’s Church, Lewtrenchard

The following links will be of particular interest to those interested in Sabine Baring-Gould and his work. Please let me know (through the ‘Contacts’ page) of any others that you find of interest, or if any of these links are no longer working correctly.

Never Completely Submerged
Ron Wawman has put this site together with details of the book based on his transcription of Sabine Baring-Gould’s diary. It also contains a number of other important transcriptions of documents and correspondence associated with Baring-Gould that add considerably to our knowledge about him. This is a very valuable resource.

Songs of the West – Sabine Baring-Gould
This site contains a wealth of detail about Baring-Gould’s activities collecting folk song in Devon and Cornwall, together with a number of articles about him written by Martin Graebe. Several of the songs collected by Baring-Gould are included on the site and some special collections such as ‘Women’s Songs’ and ‘Children’s Songs’ taken from the manuscripts.

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library – Digital Archive
This website holds the complete collection of the Baring-Gould folk song manuscripts, originally prepared as part of Wren Music’s ‘Devon Tradition’ Project and now included with the manuscript collections of the other major folk song collectors in the digital archive of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. This is a large, complex collection but is worth trying to understand and persevering in order to do so. You may find it helpful to read the article on Baring-Gould’s manuscripts here, which will explain the collection.

British Library Sound Archive
The British Library has a large collection of recorded music and speech recordings on their ‘Sounds’ website. Though there is much there that is of interest, I would particularly like to draw your attention to a series of recordings of an interview with SBGAS member Arthur Perkin, recorded in his home at Lew Mill by Bob and Jackie Patten in 1996. They are a nice record of Arthur’s memories of life in Lewtrenchard. The link to the first of these interviews is here. From this page you can get to the other six parts of the interview via the side-bar.

If you wish, you could explore further on this site. A search for ‘Baring-Gould’ will lead you to some other items from the past – including some of the events that I have taken part in with Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker some years ago. There are also some nice recordings from Peter Kennedy’s archive.
A nice little biography with a particular focus on Baring-Gould’s time in Horbury

Signal Books
Signal books specialise in travel books and cultural studies and, in 2007, produced the acclaimed reprint of Baring-Gould’s Iceland: Its Scenes and Sagas with an extensive introduction by Martin Graebe. 10 years later they have published Martin’s long-awaited book on Baring-Gould and his folk song collection, As I Walked Out, Sabine Baring-Gould and the search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall.

Praxis Books 
A small press, run by SBGAS member Becky Smith (aka Rebecca Tope) and specialising in re-publishing books by Baring-Gould as well as the biography that Becky has recently published: Sabine Baring-Gould, The Man who Told a Thousand Stories.

Baring-Gould Books On-line

Some of Baring-Gould’s books are hard to find nowadays, though many are now available in cheap, modern versions. Some of these have been produced ‘properly’ by having someone re-type the content and the prepare a new edition for publication. Others are produced from scanned copies of the original works which have been converted into electronic texts by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, and these are frequently so full of errors as to be unreadable – beware of very cheap Kindle editions in particular. But another route is publication of a digitally imaged copy of the original which may be a bit fuzzy and faint, but is readable. Since most of these have been produced from the copies made available online by Microsoft and Google, why not read them online or download a copy you can read on your laptop/tablet/phone or whatever?

The Internet Archive is the largest and most useful repository of such texts that I have found and it is constantly being added to. A search for Baring-Gould will yield more that 500 full texts (some duplicated) that you can read on-line or download. The on-line reader has been improved recently and makes reading on a screen a better experience than it used to be. This is much clearer and faster than reading PDF files, though you can download PDFs or text to your computer for study at your leisure.

Other sources for online copies include Google Books Online, and Project Gutenberg

There are also some texts to be found in other places. Though I have included links to these in the past, many have been removed or changed over the years. If you are looking for a particular title and cannot find it on then search for it using your favoured search engine.

[Links checked 7 May 2020]