Visits

Chawton and Selborne

Date: Thursday 21 June 2018

Visit the homes of two iconic 18th century figures: Jane Austen, revered as the greatest English female novelist; and the Rev. Gilbert White, pioneering bird watcher and naturalist
Chawton and Selborne

Chawton

Chawton and Selborne

Selborne

Coach Field Visit Thursday 21 June 2018

Chawton (Jane Austen House & Museum) and Selborne (Rev Gilbert White)     

Coach will leave Culverhayes at 8.00 to visit the homes of two iconic 18th century figures: Jane Austen, revered as the greatest English female novelist; and the Rev. Gilbert White, pioneering bird watcher and naturalist.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) lived in Chawton for the last 8 years of her life.

On arrival optional refreshments at Cassandra’s Cup or Greyfriars Inn before self-guided visit to Jane Austen’s house and museum 10.45. On display are family portraits and memorabilia, original manuscripts and first editions of her novels as well as a selection of personal items, and the modest table at which she wrote and edited her most famous novels. Kitchen and bakehouse also open.

Depart at 12.00 for nearby Selborne where the Rev Gilbert White FRS (1720-1793), curate and pioneering naturalist, was born and lived.  Free time for lunch at own cost (at the Tea Parlour at White’s house, or at the Selborne Arms)

His large garden, the village and its surroundings inspired White’s longstanding investigations of the natural world, culminating in the publication after his death of “The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne”. It has never been out of print. 

Meet up at Gilbert White’s house at 13.45 for an introductory talk, before exploring the house, museum and gardens; and the Oates Collection, which exhibits the life of two family explorers and pioneers of the natural world: Frank Oates (1840-1875) who travelled extensively in Central America and Africa, and his nephew Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912) who died tragically on Scott’s last expedition to the South Pole. 

The delightful village, 12th C Grade I listed church (with a stained glass window memorial to Gilbert White depicting all the birds mentioned in his book) and houses that existed in White’s time are also well worth visiting.

Cream tea 15.45 in the Tea Parlour. 

Depart Selborne 16.00.  Return approx. 18.30.

Cost:   £49.00   includes Executive Coach, talk, and Cream Tea. 

To book please complete visit form and return with a cheque for full cost. Numbers limited to 30. Visitors/guests are welcome.

Douglas Maxwell, The Dairy House, Milborne Wick, Sherborne, DT9 4PW

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