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Sabine Baring-Gould Lewtrenchard Manor

Wren Music
A community music organisation that supports music in the south west with particular interests in the folk song collecting achievements of Sabine Baring-Gould. Wren Music has links with many schools and other organisations in west Devon.

Red Spider Company
An amateur music and drama group which draws its membership from the communities in and around the Devon villages of Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly. The company takes a particular interest in promoting the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould.  Like A Buoy
A community play written by local author Ron Wawman about the life and achievements of Sabine Baring-Gould.

Tavistock Subscription Library
A charity which was set up in th e18th century to help educate people of west Devon, which is linked in various ways to Sabine Baring-Gould. It contains many of his publications including writings in the Devonshire Association transactions.

Forgotten Garden of Lewtrenchard
Nestling serenely in the secluded Lew valley, in the heart of the Devon countryside, is a small wooded area known as the Forgotten Garden of Lewtrenchard. It was originally built by Sabine Baring-Gould in the early years of the 20th century for his wife, Grace, who was arthritic. Visiting is a must next to St Peter’s church and Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel the ancestral home of the Baring-Goulds.

Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society
To enable those interested in Sabine Baring-Gould and his work to share their enthusiasm and to spread that enthusiasm among others. NB This website is excellently run by Martin and Shan Graebe. but the society is currently not operating. Martin is the author of an excellent book on the collecting of folk songs by Sabine Baring-Gould called – As I Walked Out.

As I Walked Out (1)

Mike Bosworth musician
A folk singer who lives in the south west and publicises the folk song collecting achievements of Sabine Baring-Gould. Mike has started releasing podcasts building up to the centenary of Sabine’s death in 2024 about his collecting and his songmen of Devon and Cornwall. The podcasts are well worth a listen.

Bob Mann 
Bob is an authority on the works of Sabine Baring-Gould and has written and given talks throughout the South West of England. His articles are well worth a review.

Ron Wawman 
Ron Wawman, now into his 90’s, has for decades been an authority on Sabine Baring-Gould and has transcribed his diaries over >20year period – as Never Completely Submerged. These are still in print and available on the link .

Helen Wilson 
Helen Wilson is an authority on the Pinwill sisters who were based in Devon at the turn of the 20th century and their company were employed by Rev Sabine Baring-Gould to rebuild much of the ornate internal wooden architecture that St Peter’s church is now known for – the screen, pulpit and many bench ends etc. Helen’s recently published book shows how the sisters help design and then incorporate the items that we see today. 

Jim Causley & Miranda Sykes 

Six-time BBC Folk Awards nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of Award-Winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight come together for the first time to celebrate the centenary of a Victorian superstar through his music and stories.

Miranda, Jim and narrator John Palmer, director of the critically-acclaimed Vaughan Williams anniversary “From Pub to Pulpit” Cathedral tour, interweave some of those songs with anecdotes from his own astonishing life and stories from his impressive array of books.
This tribute aims to make audiences smile, gasp and sing along as they hear how:

Jim has been a long-term admirer of Baring-Gould and includes many of his songs in his popular shows based on songs of Dartmoor. 
“It’s fascinating to see how many songs he collected found their way into his Dartmoor books.  It’s also quite eerie to see how many other songs fit the mood of his books on ghosts, werewolves, myths and his classic Gothic novels”, he said.
Miranda added: “We’re really excited about having found a unique and enjoyable way of bringing all of his work together in a show which we think will engage audiences and leave them fascinated and entertained.”
John Palmer said: “It’s surprising that someone who was such a prominent public figure in his day has almost disappeared today. We hope that this show will introduce many more people to Sabine and restore some of the credit he deserves”.
FULL TOUR DATE LIST: see our events or calendar pages 


Members of the Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary Group

Douglas Almond Jnr

Graham Yeo

Revd Philip Conway, Ruth Dawe, Stephen Belk, Annie Cripwell, Marilyn Tucker, Leanne Barriball, Charlotte Huggins

Ref St Peter’s Parochial Church Council

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