House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday

Gilbert White’s 301st Birthday Party

You are invited to celebrate Gilbert White’s 300th birthday a year late!

A free day of fun activities, stall and live performance all in celebration of Gilbert White!

Open 10:30-17:00 no booking needed.

Full details coming soon!

  • Start Date: 18 Jul 21
  • End Date: 18 Jul 21
  • 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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