Waterperry Gardens and Rural Museum

Waterperry Gardens and Rural Museum
Waterperry Gardens
Nr Wheatley
OX33 1JZ






01844 339254


01844 339883

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Display cabinets within the 18th century museum building at Waterperry Gardens
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A comprehensive and interesting collection of tools and implements is housed in the 18th Century granary at Waterperry Gardens. This museum shows the skills required in making horticultural and agricultural tools and also the skills needed to use them, as for example to two man hedge cutter.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sun inclusive
2pm-5pm + bank holidays
Other times by arrangement.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Horse Shoes from the 12th century plus surgical shoes
  • Bits wooden and the savage types banned in the early 20th century.
  • Old Veterinary Implements
  • Traps and Alarm Guns plus a unique 19th century clockwork crow scarer which fired blank, pin-fired 12 bore cartridges
  • Brass stamps used in the workhouse at Purton, depicting, Fever, Vagrants, Lying in, Master, etc
  • Horse brasses, terrets, swingers and sets of horse bells
  • Brass beer barrel bushes
  • Relics from the domestic scene
  • Unusual Decorative Skewers from the meat trade
  • Medieval Pottery found on the Waterperry estate
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Stained Glass Applique

  • 19 April 2015

A fun and practical workshop for beginners. An experienced tutor will help you to cut glass and handle the tools safely to complete your colourful project.



Introduction to bee keeping 25th April 2015

  • 25 April 2015

A day course which will offer a fascinating insight to the world of the honey bee and an introduction to what keeping them entails. Although the course is largely theoretical, Helen will illustrate her talk with a range of equipment, bee friendly plants and an observation hive!



Card Making

Card Printing Day

  • 8 May 2015

A day course making cards using printmaking techniques. Using the gardens for inspiration students will create their own hand-printed cards using drypoint and linocut processess. Students will make small scale printing plates, ink up and repeat using a table press. All abilities welcome.