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Bateman's was the family home of Rudyard Kipling the novelist, short-story writer and poet.
Kipling was best known known for his tales about British soldiers in India and Burma, and particularly The Jungle Book and Just So stories and fables. Such was his success as a writer that he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1907. He was born in 1865 in Bombay, India, but lived most of his life in Great Britain, dying in London, England, in 1936. He lived at Bateman's for the last half of his life from 1902 to 1936.
Bateman's was originally built in 1634 by a local ironmaster who may have been the first known occupant called John Briteen. The Jacobean house is built of sandstone quarried from a local site and the tiles are all baked from Wealden clay. The delightful house is set in 33 acres of pretty grounds bordered by the River Dudwell with its watermill erected in 1750, which has been restored and is still used for grinding flour.
The garden is not grand, but exudes the charm of an English country garden, with the yew hedges, rose garden and shallow concrete pond all added by Kipling and funded by his £7,700 Nobel prize money.
Kipling was a pioneer motorist and owned several Lancasters and Rolls Royces, including his Phantom I built in 1928 which is on display.
The interior of the house reflects Kipling's strong links with the Indian subcontinent including many oriental rugs and Indian works of art and artifacts. Exhibitions contain manuscripts, letters and mementos of Kipling's life and work. The heart of the house is the book lined study at the top of the stairs where the writer worked seated at the 17th century walnut refectory table.
Bateman's is located in East Sussex ½ml S of Burwash on the A265.