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About Sabine Baring-Gould

Sabine Baring-Gould aged 5
Sabine aged 5
Sabine Baring-Gould aged 16
Sabine aged 16
Sabine Baring-Gould aged 35
Sabine aged 35

Sabine Baring-Gould

Sabine Baring-Gould, the Squire and Parson of the parish of Lew Trenchard from 1881 until his death in 1924, was undoubtedly the most famous son of this part of West Devon.

Sabine (pronounced say-bin) is best known as the writer of the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" but, apart from hymn writing, he collected folk songs and was renowned as an antiquarian and writer of great repute in many fields including archaeology, biography, theology, folk lore and travel guides. A natural storyteller, he was ranked the 10th most important novelist of his time.

He is also remembered as a member of the local gentry who married Grace, a Yorkshire mill girl half his age but only after she had been sent away to lose her Yorkshire accent and learn how to conduct herself as Ďa lady.' There are those who claim that George Bernard Shaw modelled Eliza Doolittle on Grace but there is no firm evidence for this. Sabine and Grace had 15 children of whom 14 survived into adult life.

Red Spider Company believes that by making the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould more accessible through dramatic reinterpretation it can, alongside such groups as the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society , help to restore the recognition that he merits but does not currently enjoy.

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Sabine Baring-Gould aged 46
Sabine aged 46
Sabine Baring-Gould aged 59
Sabine aged 59
Sabine Baring-Gould aged 85
Sabine aged 85