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The Tavistock Local History Society will be hosting a talk

Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) – Remembered after 100 years (A Renaissance - style polymath whose achievements are possibly often overlooked, ignored or have been forgotten). 


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As part of the centenary celebrations of

the death and remarkable life of

Sabine Baring Gould, novelist and

the Squarson of Lewtrenchard,

The Edge Players present their new play

Sabine Baring Gould - Influencer, at The Bedford Hotel.

The play will take place between the three courses of a delicious meal.

The play looks at the influence Baring Gould may have had over contemporary writers and his possible interactions with them as well as family life in Lewtrenchard. Viewed from the perspective of two of his daughters the play brings the characters alive. An insight into a polymath, creative writer, historian, archaeologist and collector of folk songs and tales as well as a vicar and family man.

An evening of fine food, intriguing history and maybe a laugh or two.

Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th April 2024, 7:30pm
£35 per person, including three course set-menu dinner (with pre-bookable vegetarian option)


Margery of Quether Photography Exhibition


This Exhibition is a result of the ground breaking collaboration
between members, families and friends of the community groups of
The Tavistock Photography Club, The Edge Players of Tavistock, with
the kind support of St Michael De Rupe Church in particular and the
owners of the various other settings. 


The scheduled Display for the Margery of Quether Visualised Prints is:

Tavistock Library, The Quay, 15th to 27th of April. 

The Bedford Hotel, Plymouth Rd, 15th-22nd April.
Tavistock Subscription Library, Court Gate, 19th, 20th and 26th April.

The digital prints form a creative illustration of Sabine’s ghostly short story ‘Margery of Quether’, set in the local area of Brentor, the iconic landmark visible throughout the region of East Cornwall and West Devon.

Images were captured at various locations. Some were compiled as a montage with material from various sources. Green screen and other editing techniques have been used to combine parts to accomplish the final images. The use of Generative Artificial Intelligence has been applied occasionally to compliment the scene, emphasising the spirit of the story. This forms a significant creative and personal divergence from Royal Photography Society and other Photographical Society’s mantras, allowing an additional freedom of expression.


The images are created by different artists and therefore do not represent precise continuity of castings, but interpret and serve to illustrate the sense of the story with a little artistic licence.


For many of the participants this was the first attempted and has been a very enjoyable experience for all, particularly for the photographers, being outside the normal scope of the traditional Group activities.


There is an accompanying digital slide show by members of the Tavistock Photography Club showing a  more conventional portrayal of the Brentor area.

Thanks to the Sabine Baring-Gould biographer and Author, Rebecca Tope, for the initial incentive to commit the time and energy of the contributors. Rebecca has kindly donated a copy of the book containing this story and a copy of her biographical work to The Tavistock Subscription Library adding to their already significant collection of Sabine Baring Gould books.

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Sabine Baring-Gould Day | The Bedford Hotel | 9:30am-4:00pm

Come and learn more about the amazing range of activities that comprised the life of Sabine Baring-Gould


  • Introduction by Becky Smith (aka Rebecca Tope, author of ‘Sabine Baring-Gould: The Man Who Wrote a Thousand Stories’)

  • Bob Mann, writer and publisher. ‘Baring-Gould the Devonian’

  • Martin Graebe. Writer and Baring-Gould expert. Unmasking Devon’s Countryfolk, Sabine Baring-Gould’s Depictions of Late Nineteenth Century Life.Sabine Baring-Gould’s calling as a parson brought him into close contact with the people of his small parish, but his travels through West Devon in search of songs and antiquities gave him an extended virtual parish in which he met many other men and women. These provided the material for characters in his books and magazine articles, some of whom we can identify, and several of them sang songs for Baring-Gould. Join Martin Graebe on a journey to resurrect them, using the descriptions that Baring-Gould has left us as our guide. The talk will be illustrated with contemporary pictures and some of their songs.


Lunch and Book Sale.



  • Pat Tansell. Researcher. ‘The Search for Evelyn Healey’. Miss Healey first visited Sabine a few years before he died, and a regular correspondence between them was established. Until recently, nobody could understand quite what their connection could be. Pat solved the mystery…

  • Becky Smith. ‘Sabine’s Women’. Discussion, contributions from the audience, with space for you to contribute your own knowledge, observations and questions.


How to Book. Email Becky Smith and reserve a place.

The fee for the day will be £25, payable in cash on the door. You will receive regular reminders and updates between now and April.

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