Discover three fascinating stories about pioneering explorers at Gilbert White's House in Selborne.
Gilbert White, Britain’s first naturalist, loved the wooded chalk hills of the South Downs. When, in the 18th century, he described Selborne as a ‘rural, sheltered, unobserved retreat’, he could have been writing about the area today.
Selborne is a delightful village with walks, including the zig-zag path up the wooded hillside built by Gilbert White, a gallery and pottery. St Mary’s Church has a stained glass window commemorating White, who is buried in the churchyard.
At Gilbert white’s House & Garden and the Oates Collection visitors can discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World: Gilbert White himself, whose Natural History of Selborne in 1789 started the science of ecology; Captain Lawrence Oates, soldier, explorer and Antarctic hero; Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist.
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