The Info List - Bateman's

is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex, England. It was the home of Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
from 1902 until his death in 1936. The house was built in 1634. Kipling's widow bequeathed the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939. The house is a Grade I listed building.


1 History 2 Architecture and description 3 Mill 4 Notes 5 Sources 6 External links

History[edit] Bateman's
is a Jacobean Wealden mansion constructed in 1634.[2] There is debate as to the original builder. Historic England
Historic England
follows the tradition favoured by Kipling of ascribing the construction to a Sussex ironmaster, John Britten.[3] The historian Adam Nicolson reports the tradition in the National Trust's guidebook, but notes that Britten was a dealer in iron, rather than a manufacturer.[4] Pevsner attributes the construction to a lawyer, William Langham.[2] By the early twentieth century, the house had descended to the status of a farmhouse, and was in a poor state of repair.[1] The Kiplings first saw it in 1900, on returning to England from America, following the death of their daughter Josephine in 1899 and a disastrous falling-out between them, and Carrie Kipling's brother, Beatty Balestier.[5] Enchanted by the house, they were too slow in making an offer and it was let for two years. In 1902, they were able to purchase it, with 33 acres of land.[6] In 1900, Kipling was the most famous author in England,[7] and was earning £5,000 per year; the cost of Bateman's, £9,300, was thus entirely affordable.[5] Kipling wrote some of his finest works at the house including: "If—", "The Glory of the Garden", and Puck of Pook's Hill, named after the hill visible from the house.[7] The house's setting and the wider local area features in many of his stories in Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill
(1906).Kipling's poem "The Land" is inspired by the Bateman's
estate.[8] Kipling died on 18 January 1936, of peritonitis.[9] Carrie died three years later, in 1939. Under the terms of her will the house passed to the National Trust.[1] Architecture and description[edit] The house is built of sandstone to a double-pile plan, and is of two storeys with gables above.[3] The eastern, entrance, front may once have been symmetrical with a northern wing matching the southern one.[3] Historic England's listing states that the wing was constructed but later torn down[3], while Pevsner suggests that it may never have been built.[2] The windows are mullioned and the roof has an "impressive row of six diamond-shaped red brick chimney stacks".[3] The interior is retained as it was in the time of the Kiplings.[3] The study is almost as Kipling left it, although without the "pungent aroma" of his forty-a-day Turkish cigarette habit.[10] The house contains a significant collection relating to Kipling, amounting to nearly 5,000 individual pieces, including his Nobel Prize, his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, many oriental items he purchased while living in India or touring in the East and paintings he collected by Edward Poynter, Edward Burne-Jones
Edward Burne-Jones
and James Whistler.[11] The garden was created by Kipling from 1907, using the prize money from his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature.[12] The house is a Grade I listed building, the highest grade reserved for buildings of "exceptional interest".[3] Mill[edit] There is a water mill on the estate, powered by water from the River Dudwell, which was restored by the Trust in 1975.[2] In Kipling's time, the mill was not in operation and he installed an electric turbine in the mill to provide power for the house.[2] Notes[edit]

^ a b c "History at Bateman's". National Trust.  ^ a b c d e Antram & Pevsner 2013, p. 295. ^ a b c d e f g England, Historic. "BATEMAN'S, Burwash
- 1044063- Historic England". historicengland.org.uk.  ^ Nicolson 1999, p. 8. ^ a b Nicolson 1999, p. 5. ^ Nicolson 1999, p. 37. ^ a b Aslet 2005, pp. 55-56. ^ The Land: words and a sung version ^ Rickets 2000, p. 388. ^ Garnett 2015, p. 24. ^ Ltd, e3 Media. " Bateman's
- National Trust Collections". www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk.  ^ Jenkins 2003, pp. 749-750.


Antram, Nicholas; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2013). Sussex: East. The Buildings of England. New Haven, US & London, UK: Yale University Press. ISBN 9-780300-18473-0.  Aslet, Clive (2005). Landmarks of Britain. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-0-340-73510-7.  Garnett, Oliver (2015). Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling
at Bateman's. London: National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. ISBN 978-1-84359-452-9.  Jenkins, Simon (2003). England's Thousand Best Houses. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-713-99596-3.  Nicolson, Adam (1999). Bateman's. London: National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. ISBN 9781843591368.  Ricketts, Harry (2000). Rudyard Kipling: A Life. London: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 978-0-7867-0830-7. 

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Rudyard Kipling


The Light that Failed
The Light that Failed
(1891) Captains Courageous
Captains Courageous
(1896) Kim (1901)


Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) Soldiers Three
Soldiers Three
(1888) The Story of the Gadsbys
The Story of the Gadsbys
(1888) In Black and White (1888) The Phantom 'Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales
(1888) Under the Deodars
Under the Deodars
(1888) Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories
Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories
(1888) From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches, Letters of Travel (1889) Barrack-Room Ballads
Barrack-Room Ballads
(1892, poetry) Many Inventions (1893) The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book

"Mowgli's Brothers" "Kaa's Hunting" "Tiger! Tiger!" "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"

The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book

"Letting in the Jungle" "Red Dog"

All the Mowgli Stories (c. 1895) The Seven Seas (1896, poetry) The Day's Work (1898) Stalky & Co. (1899) Just So Stories
Just So Stories
(1902) The Five Nations
The Five Nations
(1903, poetry) Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill
(1906) Rewards and Fairies
Rewards and Fairies
(1910) The Fringes of the Fleet
The Fringes of the Fleet
(1915, non-fiction) Debits and Credits (1926) Limits and Renewals (1932) Rudyard Kipling's Verse: Definitive Edition (1940) A Choice of Kipling's Verse
A Choice of Kipling's Verse
(by T. S. Eliot, 1941)


"The Absent-Minded Beggar" "The Ballad of the "Clampherdown"" "The Ballad of East and West" "The Beginnings" "The Bell Buoy" "The Betrothed" "Big Steamers" "Boots" "Cold Iron" "Dane-geld" "Danny Deever" "A Death-Bed" "The Female of the Species" "Fuzzy-Wuzzy" "Gentleman ranker" "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" "Gunga Din" "Hymn Before Action" "If—" "In the Neolithic Age" "The King's Pilgrimage" "The Last of the Light Brigade" "The Lowestoft Boat" "Mandalay" "The Mary Gloster" "McAndrew's Hymn" "My Boy Jack" "Recessional" "A Song in Storm" "The Sons of Martha" "Submarines" "The Sweepers" "Tommy" "Ubique" "The White Man's Burden" "The Widow at Windsor"

Short stories

".007" "The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly" "Baa Baa, Black Sheep" "Bread upon the Waters" "The Broken Link Handicap" "The Butterfly that Stamped" "Consequences" "The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin" "Cupid's Arrows" "The Devil and the Deep Sea" "The Drums of the Fore and Aft" "Fairy-Kist" "False Dawn" "A Germ-Destroyer" "His Chance in Life" "His Wedded Wife" "In the House of Suddhoo" "Kidnapped" "Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris" "Lispeth" "The Man Who Would Be King" "A Matter of Fact" "Miss Youghal's Sais" "The Mother Hive" "Ortheris" "The Other Man" "The Rescue of Pluffles" "The Ship that Found Herself" "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo" "The Taking of Lungtungpen" "Three and – an Extra" "The Three Musketeers" "Thrown Away" "Toomai of the Elephants" "Watches of the Night" "Wireless" "Yoked with an Unbeliever"


Bibliography Bateman's
(house) Indian Railway Library Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer

Iron Ring

Law of the jungle Aerial Board of Control My Boy Jack (1997 play) Rudyard Kipling: A Remembrance Tale (2006 documentary) My Boy Jack (2007 film)


Elsie Bambridge (daughter) John Kipling
John Kipling
(son) John Lockwood Kipling
John Lockwood Kipling
(father) MacDonald sisters
MacDonald sisters
(mother's family) Stanley Baldwin
Stanley Baldwin
(cousin) Georgiana Burne-Jones
Georgiana Burne-Jones
(aunt) Edward Burne-Jones
Edward Burne-Jones
(uncle) Philip Burne-Jones
Philip Burne-Jones
(cousin) Edward Poynter
Edward Poynter
(uncle) Alfred Bal