Transactions of the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society

The SBGAS Transactions have been produced annually since 2001 as a record of talks given at the Society’s Annual Gathering and for other material of interest to SBGAS members. The publication was the brainchild of Philip Weller who edited the Transactions through its first five volumes, before illness forced him to give the task up. From the 2007 issue (volume 7) the task has been carried out by Martin Graebe. The issue for Volume 6 was never published owing to Phil Weller’s illness.

The contents of the Transactions since commencement are listed below. To view an issue of the Transactions (up to Volume 15 (2015) click on the Volume number in the left-hand column. 


 Index to the SBGAS Transactions 2001 – 2016

Volume 1 (2001) Preface

Talks given at Lewtrenchard, October 2000

Some background details on ‘Kitty Alone’ (Phillip Weller)

Sabine Baring-Gould as artist (Keith Lister)

Sabine Baring-Gould as Theologian (David Shacklock)


Introduction (Philip Weller)

‘Sixpence Only’ (Sabine Baring-Gould)

Volume 2 (2012) Preface

Talk given at Prickwillow, Cambs., October 2001

View from the Fen (Ray Scott)


The Sabine Baring-Gould – John Davies Enys Letters (David Shacklock)

Volume 3 (2003) Preface

Talks given at Ashburton, October 2002

Guavas and the Moor (Philip Weller)

The Old Men of the Moor (Jane Marchand)

When we went A Gipsying (Martin Graebe)


Introduction (Philip Weller)

Jack Hannaford (Sabine Baring-Gould)

Volume 4 (2004) Preface

Talks given at Kinver, October 2003

Sabine in the Land of the Troglodytes (Roger Bristow)

Bladys – The Movie (Philip Weller

Cliff Castles Archive (David Shacklock)

A Study in Colour (Philip Weller)


SBG’s Contributions to Henderson’s Folk-Lore (1865)

–          Introduction (Philip Weller)

–          Introductory Chapter

–          SBG’s footnotes for Henderson’s main text

–          Extended quotations from SBG within the main text

–          Appendix: Household tales (including ‘Story Radicals)

Volume 5 (2005) Talks given at Cambridge, September 2004

Introduction (Philip Weller)

Sabine Baring-Gould at Clare 1852 – 57 (Keith Lister)

The Churchmanship of Sabine Baring-Gould (Norman Wallwork)

A ‘Silly Production’? ‘The Chorister’ as a hoax (Philip Weller)


The Story of ‘The Diary of Sabine Baring-Gould’ (Ron Wawman)

Scarlet Fever at Lew House (Sabine Baring-Gould, Ed.Ron Wawman)

Volume 6 (2006) This volume, which included the papers given at the meeting at Seaton in 2005, was never published, due to Philip Weller’s illness.
Volume 7 (2007) Introduction

Talks given at Lewtrenchard, September 2006

An Overview of Baring-Gould’s Achievements at Lew Trenchard (Keith Lister)

Dartmoor – this wild and wondrous region (Jane Marchand

Working From Home: Collecting Folk Songs From Lewtrenchard (Martin Graebe)

Supplementary material

Three scenes from Devonshire rural life sketched by Sabine Baring-Gould

–  Ploughing Oxen

–   The Ploughman

–   The Besom Maker

Volume 8 (2008) Introduction

Talks given at Hurstpierpoint College,

Sabine Baring-Gould at St John’s College, Hurstpierpoint by Becky Smith

Farewell Heat and Welcome Frost – Sabine Baring-Gould in Iceland by Martin Graebe

Sabine and the Ministry of the Keys by Ron Wawman

Supplementary material:

Sabine Baring-Gould’s Mission Paper

The 9:30 Up-train – a ghost story by Sabine Baring-Gould

Volume 9 (2009) Introduction

John Herring

John Herring: The Novel (Becky Smith)

John Herring – a topographical guide( Roger Bristow)

The Nymet Savages (Noel Parry)

The North Devon Savages (James Greenwood)

Some contemporary reviews of John Herring

 Volume 10 (2010) Introduction

Margery of Quether:

Bibliographical information (Roger Bristow)

Localities (Roger Bristow)

Brentor and its archaeology (Jane Marchand)

Margery of Quether, Liminality, and the Gothic Tradition (Troy White)

Other topics:

Sabine’s last years (Ron Wawman)

Pixies, Padfoots and popular antiquities (Martin Graebe

Sensation and Superstition in The Book of Werewolves (Joanne Parker)

Clare College Sermon (Norman Wallwork)

Notes on Contributors

 Volume 11 (2011) Introduction

Talks on The Queen of Love and the Cheshire Salt Industry

Catholicism and the Circus in The Queen of Love by Troy White

Sabine Baring-Gould as a geologist – Roger Bristow

The Geology of the Cheshire Basin – Roger Bristow

The Cheshire Salt Region by Sabine Baring-Gould

Other topics:

Sabine Baring-Gould Dwelt Here – David Shacklock

A Devonshire Man Goes North – Martin Graebe

Index to the First Series of the Transactions

 Volume 12 (2012)  Introduction

Talks on Mehalah and Mersea Island

Mehalah Country – Roger Bristow

Mehalah: A Gothic Novel by Troy White

Ray Island and the Legacy of Mehalah by David Nicholls

Sabine’s Mersea Wordtide by David Shacklock

Volume 13 (2013) Introduction 

Papers from the Annual Meeting

The Growth of Religious Convictions – Ron Wawman

Some Baring-Gould Mysteries – Becky Smith

Baring-Gould and European Romanticism – Bob Mann

Lewtrenchard: A Faraway Place Close to Our Hearts – Merriol Almond

Sabine Baring-Gould’s Library: Past Present and Future – Martin Graebe

Volume 14 (2014) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

Farming in Sabine Baring-Gould’s Time – Anthony Gibson

Sabine Baring-Gould And The Devonshire Association – Robin Wootton

Most Highly Favoured Lady – Norman Wallwork

The Barings and the Baring-Goulds in Exeter – Roger Bristow

A brief history of the Sabine-Baring Gould Appreciation Society – Colin White

Index to SBGAS Newsletters – Colin White

Volume 15 (2015) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

Nebo The Nailer; setting the scene – Roger Bristow

Nebo The Nailer; the the novel – Becky Smith

Grime, graft, humour and song: The Spirit of the Black Country – Roy Palmer

A letter to Sabine Baring-Gould – Becky Smith

Baring-Gould and me: a journey towards obsession – Martin Graebe

Additional Material

Book Review: S Baring-Gould, Ecclesiastica Celtica – Norman Wallwork

Volume 16 (2016) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

Sabine Baring-Gould on the geology of Iceland –  Roger Bristow

Iceland, It’s Scenes and Sagas – Becky Smith

Sabine Baring-Gould’s Iceland Letters – Martin Graebe

Volume 17 (2017) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

The Vicar of Morwenstow, An Appreciation of his Biographers -Rev Nick Fridd

In the Roar of the Sea – Helen English

Brandy for the Parson – Martin and Shan Graebe

The Poetry of R. S. Hawker: An Appreciation – Rev Prebendary Norman Wallwork

Additional material:

The Correspondence of Sabine Baring-Gould and Mary Angell – Transcribed by Shan Graebe

Volume 18 (2018) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

The Setting of Sabine’s Novels on Dartmoor – Roger Bristow

Urith – A Tale of Dartmoor – Becky Smith)

Dartmoor Idylls – Martin Graebe

100 Years of Archaeological Exploration on Dartmoor – Jane Marchand

Lepidopteral rambles with Sabine – Roger Bristow

Additional material:

Doyle’s Dartmoor – Barry Langston

Volume 19 (2019) Introduction

Papers from the Annual Meeting

Locating Curgenven – Roger Bristow

The Folklore of Bodmin – Katherine Stansfield

Priest and Parsons in the Novels of Baring-Gould – Norman Wallwork

Additional material: Held over from 2006

Winefred – A Story of the Chalk Cliffs – Roger Bristow

The Undercliffs National Reserve – Donald Campbell

[Checked 7 May 2020]