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Notice: The Detmold Jungle Book prints are not currently on display to give space for the First World War exhibition.

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.

Bateman's is very much a family home, but impressive none the less.

Kiplings at War

John Kipling with his Irish Guard comrades

John Kipling's story is not one of the most unusual in all the horror of the First World War, but it is probably one of the most poignant, illustrated by a display of heartening personal letters in the Exhibition room.


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