House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Jubilee Beer Tasting

Friday 3rd June 11am-5pm

Free with Admission

Join the volunteers of the Gilbert White Brewery on Friday 3rd June for a special beer tasting on the lawn. As well as their popular other beers you can try the limited edition Jubilee Beer brewed on site in Selborne.

    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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