Museum of Farnham, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX

The Museum of Farnham's collection spans hundreds of years of local history. Some of the highlights include Farnham Greenware pottery, photographs by John Henry Knight, drawings by Harold Falkner and paintings by WH Allen

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010

Museum of Farnham

Willmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX: 01252 715094Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pmCurator: Anne Jones

What is the museum best-known for?The Museum of Farnham’s collection spans hundreds of years of local history. Some of the highlights include Farnham Greenware pottery, photographs by John Henry Knight, drawings by Harold Falkner and paintings by WH Allen.

Tell us your favourite local history story...The rhyme Goosey Goosey Gander may be based on Bishop Gardiner. He was Bishop of Winchester, and Farnham Castle was one of his main residences. He was Lord Chancellor to Mary Tudor, who stayed with him at the Castle before she was married. Bishop Gardiner officiated at Mary’s wedding to Philip of Spain, although he advised against it. The line in the rhyme ‘Goosey Goosey Gander in my Lady’s chamber’ is thought to imply that Gardiner was subject to Mary’s every whim.

Which is your favourite item in the collection? A 200-year-old dolls house that was made for the Manwaring family who lived next door to the museum. It’s a beautiful construction of a Georgian town house.

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