‘The West country & Dracula’ Sabine Baring Gould – Mark Norman talk

Sun 22 Sep 2024



£10* | Day Pass £40* / £38* Members/U25s


11am - 12pm

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‘The West country & Dracula’ Sabine Baring Gould – Mark Norman talk


In Bram Stoker’s Dracula the young lawyer Jonathan Harker leaves for Transylvania from Exeter’s Cathedral Close. A detail that have passed many by. However, some beleive Stoker’s reference to Exeter in the novel was included as a way of acknowledging the work of Devon Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould, whose work and material on folklore steered and inspired Bram Stoker.

Folklore author and researcher Mark Norman looks at the fascinating life of the Exeter based bibliographer, antiquary and ‘lycanthaphile’ Sabine Baring-Gould (perhaps best known for writing the hymn ‘Onwards Christian Soldiers’), his Book of werewolves and the possible links between Devon and Dracula.

Mark Norman is a folklore author and researcher based in Devon. He is a committee member of the Folklore Society and has been researching and collecting information on Black Dog apparitions for many years. His books include ‘Black Dog Folklore’, ‘Telling the Bees and other customs’ and ‘Dark Folklore’.


Tickets £10*

Day Pass £40* / £38* Members/Under 25s

Hell Tor Festival

Fri 20 Sep 2024 – Sun 22 Sep 2024

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