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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1174798



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hampshire

District: East Hampshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Selborne

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: I

Date first listed: 31-Jul-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 11-May-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 143004

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SELBORNE HIGH STREET (WEST SIDE) 11/21 The Wakes The item shall be amended to read:

SELBORNE HIGH STREET (WEST SIDE) The Wakes (including Museum Flat and the Flat)


SELBORNE HIGH STREET (WEST SIDE) SU 7433 The Wakes 11/21 (Formerly listed as The Wakes, with garden wall, brick path 31/7/63 and sundial, and 2 cottages which terminate the main range at either end) GV I

Famous as the home of Gilbert White (1720-1793) the naturalist, and now a museum. The front wall is mainly brickwork of the C19, with C18 Flemish bond to the dining room, while the service wing uses the local style of malmstone ashlar with brick dressings. Complex tiled roof arrangement, with mainly hips to the front (east) and gables to the rear, and an assortment of Tudor chimneys. Of C16 origin as a timber-framed hall (of local type), the building has been extended, to become an irregular group close to the High Street, the various stages of growth and change from the Vernacular house of the early C18 being traceable from the illustrations published in the several editions of 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. To the south end is a service range, altered from smaller buildings, of 1910. 2 storeys, irregular fenestration. Sashes to the central part (the C18 house) and casements else- where. The entrance is a gabled porch, with an open decorative timber-frame on a base wall. At the rear the C18 house and the service wing have malmstone walls with brick quoins, 1st floor band, some cambered arches, and plinth: casements and traditional doors; the north side is brickwork with tile-hung upper floors, casements (including 2 large 2 storeyed bays). Interior: the central hall has a low ceiling with C17 beams and a fireplace (insertions into the open structure) and there is a C17 room (study) associated with a staircase tower (altered) at the south west side, the south east side having a room (dining room) of 1794. North of the hall is the Great Parlour built by White in 1777 as a single storeyed large room, and beyond it is the library of c 1850. Parlour and library were given an upper floor c 1880, and a billiard room (also 2 storeyed) was added to the north end in the early C20, with a passageway connection to the hall along the front of the house, which was then given a porch.

Listing NGR: SU7417333574

Selected Sources

Books and journals
White, G, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, (1875)

National Grid Reference: SU 74083 33677


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