Enjoy our majestic gardens at one of the most magical times of the year, snowdrops which herald the beginning of spring will be carpeting the gardens. Tours of Gilbert’s gardens will be running throughout the weekend, to learn more about this special landscape and the snowdrop.
- 17th February 2018
- 10:30 am
- Gilbert Whites House
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.Learn more