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Caption for Burwash, The Village 1889: Burwash was a centre for Sussex iron making. After the iron industry ceased production, the locality was less prosperous; the common became notorious for 18th-century lawlessness. Batemans was built in 1634 for an ironmaster; later it was the home of Rudyard Kipling (1902-1936). It is a beautiful Jacobean house, now in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors. Kipling's literary work 'Puck of Pook's Hill' (1906) is set in the area. Park Mill, a watermill built in 1795, became part of Batemans and is restored to working order. Burghurst manor house is opposite the church. Rampydene is a fine brick house built in 1699. The church of St Bartholomew is on the left of the picture, partly hidden by Scots Pine trees.

An extract from Villages of Sussex Photographic Memories.

Memories of Burwash

My grandmother lived in Burwash and we used to visit often from London. I used to roam around with my mother's younger half sister, picking spring flowers on the lane down to St Joseph's college and getting milk straight off the cooler at the farm there; scrumping or picking blackberries and nuts in the autumn. (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

I have some very happy memories of growing up in and around Burwash. Both sets of my grandparents lived in Swife Lane. Mr and Mrs Frederick owned Corner Farm, where my mum grew up, and Mr and Mrs Smith lived in Byeways. I remember as a small child, we would go and visit my grandparents. If we stayed at Byeways, we would all (...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!]

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