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Baring-Goulds’ Pixies August 23, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Baring-Goulds' Pixies

Anyone interested in fairies will read in many places of Sabine Baring-Gould’s childhood encounter with pixies. But how many will have actually read the original? In an effort to correct this Beach sat this afternoon tapping out the following text only to discover that someone else got there first: a bunch of heroes over at […]

Things that Go Baring-Gould in the Night July 3, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Things that Go Baring-Gould in the Night

Beach has been having a LOT of fun recently reading the autobiography of Sabine Baring-Gould, an eccentric and very capable Victorian/Edwardian clergyman who was once described on this blog in the company of a werewolf. Here, instead, is SBG’s collection of material relating to the Old Madam who haunted his family mansion, Lew Trenchard Manor […]

Cornish Mermaid – Half Priest, Half Fish August 27, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

  First the good news. Robert Stephen Hawker (obit 1875) was the eccentric’s eccentric: a vicar who lived most of his life in the wild Cornish parish of Morwenstow. This was a man who hung a mouse for breaking the sabbath, believed that birds were ‘the thoughts of God’ (Beachcombing adores the sentiment) and, yes, […]

The Werewolf Faith in Nineteenth-Century France January 28, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Werewolf Faith in Nineteenth-Century France

  Since beginning this blog eight months ago Beachcombing has had various itches including elephants, Atlantis (to be continued), birds and lightning. But none has bitten so deeply as the werewolf. Indeed, Beachcombing has sketched out another ten posts on the men and women who were furry on the inside. He even, damn it, started vaguely jotting […]