Memories of Burwash
i was at st.josephs salesian school 1939-1946 we would walk past batemans several times a year and i never understood why we always keep quiet when walking past the house nobody told us too??we did at times just go into the ground floor.later in life i visited batemans and was sitting on the floor one of the workers there asked if i was ok.I just said i was soaking up the atmosphere!! lovely house.
My grandfather, A J Hurd, was, for a time, Rudyard Kipling's head gardener at Batemans. He, my grandmother and my mother (now Joyce Richardson) and her sister (now Barbara Wainwright) lived in one of the cottages (which still exists) near the mill adjacent to Batemans. In addition to his responsibilities in the gardens, Grandpa also worked with the private hydro-electric turbine generator (which also still exists) which provided electricity to the house. That work is referred to in a letter of reference Mrs Kipling wrote for Grandpa when he moved on, which my mother still has. She also still has the letter Rudyard Kipling wrote to the local education authorities explaining to them that my mother was too young ...Read full memory
I went to school at st.Josephs Salesian school a mile outside Burwash from 1939-1946 I recall there were about 10 pubs in the village and I stayed one summer with the Davies family who lived just before the church in a smugglers house where we went to bed through a hole in the wall .I remember the ...Read full memory
I have very fond memories when as a child in the 1950's and early 60's I visted my grandparents who lived in Ham Lane. I still visit from time to time to recall those days. We lived in Hastings and the trip by bus to Burwash was a real adventure [we were easily pleased in those days!]