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Jane Austen and Gilbert White two very different authors

Gilbert White was an enthusiastic gardener who grew a wide range of vegetables, fruit and flowers. The garden has been largely restored to its 18th century form.


A Monet type bridge over the water feature leads to an ornate well.






The revolving barrel seat which overlooks the house, garden and the beech clad Hanger.


Part of the HaHa and the Portland stone sun dial erected in 1761.


The memorial window to Gilbert White showing St. Francis with the
eighty-two birds mentioned in White's famous book.


Next to Selborne's village green (The Plestor) is St. Mary's Church where Gilbert White was Curate for many years and is buried. The church was built around 1180, probably on the site of a Saxon church and contains two stained glass windows commemorating Gilbert White. The churchyard was home to the famous Selborne Yew, after standing for some 1400 years it was uprooted in a winter gale in 1990.

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