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Notice: Bateman's is closed today 8/10/2015 due to an electrical fault - we hope to be open tomorrow as normal. Please call ahead before travelling to check opening arrangements.
Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling
'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's.
Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.
The rooms, described by him as 'untouched and unfaked', remain much as he left them, with oriental rugs and artefacts reflecting his strong association with the East. Kim was his first major piece of writing that he wrote from his study at Bateman's which links him and his fond childhood memories to India with real clarity and devotion, truly a master piece of decriptive writing. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.
Bateman's is very much a family home that feels as though the Kiplings have just gone out for the day.
Why don't you try and catch a falling leaf here at Bateman's. It's one of the things to do on the 50 things to do challenges before you're nearly twelve. You'll be amazed at all the colours and different shaped leaves in the woods. We're located in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Here you can relax and let your imagination go wild. You can hunt for bugs, pick blackberries, see all the pond life in Kipling's Lily pond. If you would like to complete more fun activities, all you have to do is sign up to keep track of your completed tasks on the 50 things to do link below. Come and see us this Autumn and have some fun.
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The history of the High Weald landscape
3 November, 10.30 – 12.30pm
On this amazing two hour walk you can discover how the High Weald came to look the way it does today . From the aftershocks of the earth movements that formed the Alps 70 million years ago, to the influences of Saxon and Medieval swine-herders, the Roman iron industry and modern forestry you can enjoy the journey and see the views.
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The home of Rudyard is commemorating the centenary of Burwash soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. In line with the war memorial next to St Bartholomew's Church in Burwash, the commemoration will have light at it's heart. The trees will commemorate and represent new life and beginnings. Come and see them.