Godalming Museum, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AQ
PUBLISHED: 10:11 22 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 February 2013
The ground floor gallery and garden at Godalming Museum are dedicated to the work of Gertrude Jekyll, the Arts and Crafts garden designer who lived at Munstead Wood.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010
109a High Street, Godalming GU7 1AQ: 01483 426510
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm (5pm in summer)
Curator: Alison Pattison
What is the museum best-known for?
The ground floor gallery and garden are dedicated to the work of Gertrude Jekyll, the Arts and Crafts garden designer who lived at Munstead Wood.
Tell us your favourite local history story...
In 1726, Godalming was the talk of the country when Mary Toft claimed to have given birth to 17 rabbits. She travelled to London to be inspected by the Kings physician, with a view to claiming a royal pension as a national phenomenon, but was exposed as a fraud and briefly imprisoned.
Which is your favourite item in the collection?
A childs shoe, found in the rafters of a house in Hascombe. About 240 years old, this little leather shoe still shows the imprint of its wearers foot.
and the strangest?
A letter from Baden Powell, dated April 7, 1900, and flown out by balloon from the siege of Mafeking. He addresses his former master at Charterhouse School socially, about having to celebrate Founders Day on his own, from a war-torn town, just holding out against the Boers!