White's Open - Gardens Opening 4th July

Edward Lear’s Music

Sat 31st Aug 7:30-10:00pm £10

Lear composed music for many poems, including settings of Tennyson’s poetry and many of his nonsense songs. Lear never played professionally but he did perform at countless social gatherings, including in Selborne when he visited Thomas Bell. Join Dr Sara Lodge with pianist David Owen Norris and baritone Edward Robinson, for a night of Edward Lear’s Music.


  • Start Date: 31 Aug 19
  • End Date: 31 Aug 19
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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