SU7433 : Selborne - Gilbert White's House (and museum)

taken 3 years ago, near to Selborne, Hampshire, Great Britain

Selborne - Gilbert White's House (and museum)
Selborne - Gilbert White's House (and museum)
The famous naturalist Gilbert White was curate of Selborne and lived here at "The Wakes" for many years, including those when he wrote "The Natural History of Selborne".
"The Wakes" is the large area of land to the southwest of the house, although the house itself shares the same name. It dates originally from the C16th, although it has had many additions and modifications up until the C19th.
It is EH Grade I listed LinkExternal link
The parkland ("The Wakes") has a separate EH listing LinkExternal link
The house itself now houses a museum, not only celebrating the life and work of White, but also of two C19th/20th explorers, Frank Oates (1840-75) and his nephew Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912). The latter perished on the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole, leaving the hut in which they were sheltering with the famous words I am just going outside and may be some time.
For Gilbert White & his masterwork, see shared description below:
Gilbert White and the Natural History of Selborne
The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
Gilbert White's seminal work on Natural History was first published (by Gilbert's brother Benjamin) in 1789 and has never been out of print to this day having gone through a remarkable 300 editions.
The book consists of 44 letters to his friend and fellow naturalist Thomas Pennant, and 66 letters to the Hon. Daines Barrington, a lawyer, antiquary and amateur naturalist.
A third group of letters, numbering 26, concern the local "antiquities" - e.g. palaeontological and archaeological discoveries in the area. This section is often omitted from editions.
Many of the "letters" were never actually sent through the post (none of the "antiquities" ones were) - but were more like extensive diary entries.
The original manuscript of this work can be viewed (through glass) at Gilbert White's house and museum in Selborne - see LinkExternal link for a lot more information.
A "fairly complete transcript" of the work can be read online here LinkExternal link
Gilbert White
Gilbert White was born on 18th July 1720 at The Wakes where his grandfather was the vicar. Being educated firstly at The Holy Ghost School in Basingstoke and by a private tutor in the same town, he then went to Oriel College, Oxford. He became a deacon at the age of 26, and was fully ordained three years later. He became curate of a number of Hampshire and Wiltshire villages including Newton Valence and Farringdon, both near to Selborne. He became the curate of Selborne itself on four separate occasions - why there were breaks in the tenure I don't know. Gilbert moved back into The Wakes on his father's death in 1758 and inherited the property outright five years later. His final tenure as Curate of Selborne commenced in 1784 and he held the post until his death on 26th June 1793, four years after the publication which has ensured his enduring fame.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 12 June, 2015
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Housing, Dwellings 
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Primary Subject of Photo
Person (from Tags)
Gilbert White  Lawrence Oates  Frank Oates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7407 3367 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:5.8537N 0:56.6154W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7405 3366
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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