White's Open - Village Shop & Takeaway - Museum Temporarily Closed

One Monday in November

John Owen Smith tells the tale of the Selborne Riots of 1830. A story of rebellion that took place in the quiet village of Selborne. In this illustrated talk John will take you through the events that played out that day and the new evidence that has recently come to light.

Free talk please register here https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/events-must-book

  • Start Date: 19 Sep 19
  • End Date: 05 Jul 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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