Bateman's is a 17th-century house located in Burwash, East Sussex,
England. It was the home of
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.
2 Architecture and description
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Bateman's is a Jacobean Wealden mansion constructed in 1634. There
is debate as to the original builder.
Historic England follows the
tradition favoured by Kipling of ascribing the construction to a
Sussex ironmaster, John Britten. 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.
Pevsner attributes the construction to a lawyer, William Langham.
By the early twentieth century, the house had descended to the status
of a farmhouse, and was in a poor state of repair. 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. 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.
In 1900, Kipling was the most famous author in England, and was
earning £5,000 per year; the cost of Bateman's, £9,300, was thus
entirely affordable. 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. The
house's setting and the wider local area features in many of his
Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill (1906).Kipling's poem "The Land" is
inspired by the
Kipling died on 18 January 1936, of peritonitis. Carrie died three
years later, in 1939. Under the terms of her will the house passed to
the National Trust.
Architecture and description
The house is built of sandstone to a double-pile plan, and is of two
storeys with gables above. The eastern, entrance, front may once
have been symmetrical with a northern wing matching the southern
one. Historic England's listing states that the wing was
constructed but later torn down, while Pevsner suggests that it may
never have been built. The windows are mullioned and the roof has
an "impressive row of six diamond-shaped red brick chimney stacks".
The interior is retained as it was in the time of the Kiplings. The
study is almost as Kipling left it, although without the "pungent
aroma" of his forty-a-day Turkish cigarette habit. 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 Burne-Jones and James Whistler.
The garden was created by Kipling from 1907, using the prize money
from his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The house is a Grade I listed building, the highest grade reserved for
buildings of "exceptional interest".
There is a water mill on the estate, powered by water from the River
Dudwell, which was restored by the Trust in 1975. 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.
^ 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".
^ 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 at Bateman's. London: National
Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.
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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