Sabine Baring-Gould's collection of Broadsides,Chapbooks, Songsters and other 'Popular Literature'


This page contains material related to Sabine Baring-Gould's collection of Popular Literature and was created to provide additional resources in support of my talk 'The Swimming Lady and The Mountain of Hair: Sabine Baring-Gould and Street Literature', first delivered at the 'Broadside Day' presented by the Traditional Song Forum and the English Folk Dance and Song Society at Cecil Sharp House, London, on 25 Feb 2012. The files that can be downloaded (as PDF documents) from this page include:


Printed items in the Baring-Gould collection of popular literature

A list of printed items in that part of Sabine Baring-Gould's collection of popular literature that was until recently, in the library at Killerton House, near Exeter (a National Trust property). This list was prepared by Ian Maxted for the Catalogue that he and I prepared for the microfiche edition of Baring-Gould's folk song manuscripts and has been edited by me for inclusion on this website. The list identifies the printed items, together with details of printers, etc but does not go down to the level of individual songs in the chap-books, songsters and Broadsides.

The images photographed for the microfiches edition have been digitised and it is hoped that it will be possible to get them on-line in due course.

Download the list here


Ballads in the West

An article written by Baring-Gould and published in The Western Antiquary in July 1889. This article is mentioned in my talk and shows the state of Baring-Gould's thinking about ballads in the first year of his song collecting project.

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Broadside Ballads

A chapter in Baring-Gould's book Strange Survivals: Some Chapters in the History of Man, (London: Methuen and Co, 1892). In this chapter he takes in the broad sweep of ballad history, starting in the Sixteenth Century, and giving instances of the ballads entered at Stationers Hall in the late 16th and Early 17th Centuries. He does not cover the 19th Century in any great detail.

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