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Party in the Park

Party in the Park 
16th July 2021
18:00 – 21:20

To begin Gilbert White’s Birthday weekend in 2021 an evening of live music, food & drinks in the parkland at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections.

More details to come in 2021!

  • Start Date: 16 Jul 21
  • End Date: 16 Jul 21
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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