Horbury Bridge

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Medium 16.0" x 12.0"
Large 21.3" x 16.0"
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― George Bernard Shaw

I recently attended a concert on October 31st 2015, to celebrate the 150 years anniversary of the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ as well as words and music by Sabine Baring-Gould.

Horbury is a large village in the City of Wakefield, a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire, England. It is situated north of the River Calder . It includes the outlying areas of Horbury Bridge and Horbury Junction. Old industries include woollens, engineering and building wagons for the railways.

My great grandfather wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers while Curate at Horbury Bridge mission


He is described as not only an author, but also, an archeologist, architect, artist, teacher and collector of English folk songs.

The Church of St. John the Evangelist was built at Horbury Bridge in 1884 and is a little Victorian gem tucked away, together with the school, in the centre of the small community of the Bridge. The Hall space is used by St. John’s Junior and Infant School once a week for collective worship. The school also uses the church and hall for drama and choir activities and for special services throughout the year.

One of the most famous past curates of the church is Sabine Baring Gould, who wrote the famous hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” for the children of Horbury Bridge to sing when they marched up Quarry Hill to St. Peter’s Church on Whitsunday. The Church retains his processional cross and the lovely oak rood screen is dedicated to his memory. It is a source of local pride that, although Baring Gould was the well educated son of a gentleman, he fell in love with and married a local mill girl.

My grandmother, Diana Amelia – one of Sabine Baring-Gould’s daughters


“Onward, Christian Soldiers” is a 19th-century English hymn. The words were written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, and the music was composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871. Sullivan named the tune “St. Gertrude,” after the wife of his friend Ernest Clay Ker Seymer, at whose country home he composed the tune.
The lyric was written as a processional hymn for children walking from Horbury Bridge, where Baring-Gould was curate, to Horbury St Peter’s Church near Wakefield, Yorkshire, at Whitsuntide in 1865.

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