Burwash in East Sussex

Google map showing area surrounding Burwash
(The home of Rudyard Kipling)
Location: 50.998835,0.388428
General Details
Burwash Sussex - View facing East towards the churchThe origins of this charming village date back to Norman times, when the Manor was given to the Count of Eu, by William the Conqueror , in 1096, in recognition of his services in battle.

Latterly it gained fame as the home of the late author, Rudyard Kipling. He lived at Batemans, which lies to the south, and was built in 1634 by the Iron Master , John Brittan. Kipling lived at Batemans from 1902 to 1936, when he died. His wife, Carrie, died in 1939, and left Batemans to the National Trust, as a memorial to her husband.

Batemans is open to the public from Easter to October, and is well worth a visit, with its small mill, and unique water powered turbine.

There are many interesting buildings in the beautiful tree-lined high street of Burwash in East Sussex , some date from before the 16th century. The Manor House of Burghurst stands opposite the church.

In the 18th and 19th centuries Burwash was a haven for smuggling , and one may note that several of the tombstones in the churchyard bear the skull and crossbones.

The church of St Bartholomew was built in 1090 but the tower is all that remains of the original Norman structure. The church houses the rare 16th century Geneva Bible, discovered in 1954 among a collection of old books in the vestry of the church.

Also to be found in the church is a cast iron slab on the wall by the Lady Chapel altar. It is 14th Century, and used to be on the floor. It marked the resting place of the local ironmaking family of Collins, and it is believed to be the oldest example of a Sussex grave slab. The churchyard has also some of the Harmer terracotta gravestones from the early 19th century.

1721 brought excitement to the area as the Excise Men caught up with Gabriel Tomkins leader of the Mayfield Gang of owlers in the village, then chased him to Nutley where he was arrested.

Nearby is the market town of Heathfield , which along with the surrounding villages of Waldron and Mayfield was the centre of the Sussex iron industry in the 18th century.

Burwash marks the northern boundary of ' 1066 Country ' being eight miles from Senlac field. A brown road sign indicating the boundary.
Burwash East Sussex - Houses at the Eastern end of the High StBurwash in East Sussex has some of the nicest views in the area. From the church, the tree lined High Street is to the West.

Walk north from the Church to the junction with the Stonegate road and you can see across the rolling Sussex hills to Ticehurst and Flimwell. Finally travel from the Church down to Kiplings home of Batemans, and you can see the East Sussex countryside to its best effect.
Burwash East Sussex - Opposite the car parkBurwash in East Sussex has a variety of shops, and public houses within the village, providing the usual village fare.

The main shopping centre for Burwash is the small town of Heathfield about 6 miles west. The nearest large town shopping centres are in Hastings about 12 miles South East, and Tunbridge Wells 15 miles to the North.

An infrequent bus service stops in the village and travels to Heathfield and Hurst Green for further connections.

The nearest train services are available from Etchingham three miles to the east, or Stonegate about four miles north west.
Burwash is shown as the red symbol on the map.

Nearby Villages

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Bodiam (The finest ruined castle in the Country)
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Brightling (famous for Mad Jack Fuller)
2.47 miles
Broad Oak (Smallpox at the Academy)4.68 miles
Burwash Common (Roughest pub in the South East)2.30 miles
Burwash Weald (Roughest pub in the South East)1.89 miles
Cade Street (Jack Cade and the Kentish rebellion)5.09 miles
Cripps Corner (Home Guard surprises the Army)6.63 miles
Dallington (Custers Last Stand!)
3.84 miles
Etchingham (The oldest Brass Weather Vane in the country)2.32 miles
Flimwell (300 local people beheaded)4.62 miles
Hawkhurst (A Notorious Gang of Smugglers)
6.25 miles
Heathfield (19th Century Natural Gas)
6.19 miles
Hurst Green (The Youngest Highwayman on record)3.78 miles
Mayfield (Saint Dunstan and the Devil)
5.71 miles
Mountfield (17th Century Coal !!)
4.98 miles
Netherfield (Village at the top of the Hill)
4.38 miles
Punnetts Town (The Windmill on the Hill)4.02 miles
Robertsbridge (The Home of Modern Cricket)3.81 miles
Rushlake Green (Open Village and Nuclear Bunker)5.06 miles
Salehurst (Richard the Lion Heart's Gift)
4.50 miles
Staplecross (Mothers grudge hangs son)6.70 miles
Stonegate (Ancient Roman Cross Road)2.40 miles
Ticehurst (Anne Boleyn and Pashley Manor)3.41 miles
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