Museum Of Rural Life at Waterperry Gardens
This small - but perfectly-formed museum or rural life is a treat for lovers of the countryside. Housed in an 18th century granary building, you will find an extensive and interesting collection of bygone horticultural, agricultural and domestic tools.
Our friendly Museum Curator Gordon Dempster is often on hand to provide more information and anecdotes about some of the many fascinating things you will find, including:
- A good collection of horse brasses, terrets, swingers, horse bells, shoed and bits - including the savage types banned in the early 20th Century.
- Old veterinary implements and relics from household kitchens of old times.
- A rare collection of brass stamps used in the workhouse at Purton.
- Traps and alarm guns, plus a unique 19th Century clockwork crow scarer which fired blank, 12 bore cartridges.
- 70 different brass beer barrel bushes and unusual decorative skewers from the meat trade.
- Mediaeval pottery found on the Waterperry Estate.
The museum of rural life can be opened for special arrangements.
Mr Gordon Dempster
Museum, free entry
SP 629062 51.75097 -1.09022
From East, Junction 8 of M40, from north junction 8A. We are 2.5 miles form A40. Turn off at Wheatley + follow brown tourist board rose signs.
By Public Transport: From Oxford City Centre take the Arriva Bus 280 to Church Road, Wheatley (Call Travel Line 0871 200 2233 for an up to date timetable). From Church Road Wheatley you will need to prebook a taxi. Please call the taxi company Courtesy Cars on 01865 343575.
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- German signs/guides
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)