The Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould became curate to the Rev. John Sharp, vicar of Horbury, but was based at Horbury Bridge from 1864 to 1867, when he then relocated to Dalton, near Thirsk. He will always be associated with Horbury Bridge for it was here that he wrote his rousing hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers”. A prolific author, he wrote 1,200 published works during his long life and unusually did most of his writing standing at his high desk.