An Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty in the Sussex Weald
A community website serving residents and visitors in the three villages of
Burwash, Burwash Common and Burwash Weald

Local Visitor Attractions

The village of Burwash is well worth a visit. Most of the High Street lies within a Conservation Area, and there are many beautiful period houses and buildings. Within the Parish boundaries lie the following:



Rudyard Kipling was one of Britain’s most prolific short-story writers, a poet and novelist, born in India in 1865. Following a short career as a journalist in India, by the time he returned to England in 1889 he was already an established writer. Marrying his American wife in 1892, they lived for five years in the USA before relocating to Rottingdean, in Sussex in 1897. His home quickly became a tourist attraction, and tired of the popularity the family sought a new home in a more remote spot of Sussex.

In 1902 the Kiplings made their final move to Bateman’s a 17th Century former ironmaster’s house close to Burwash. He lived there until he died in 1936. His wife, Carrie, bequeathed Bateman’s to The National Trust following her death in 1939. The tragic loss of his son, John, who died in 1915 at the Battle of Loos inspired Kipling to write the poem My boy Jack (also the name of a TV drama on the Kiplings tragedy). John is commemorated by a plaque in St Bartholomew’s Church, Burwash, and on the war memorial in Burwash High Street, at the junction with School Hill.

Bateman’s, the gardens, water mill and the countryside surrounding much of the River Dudwell are all well worth visiting.

For more information on Bateman’s, including times of opening visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-batemans

More information on Rudyard Kipling can also be found here

Lakedown Trout Fishery

Lakedown Trout Fishery

Established over 20 years ago by local resident and Rock legend Roger Daltrey, Lakedown offers splendid fishing in the glorious Sussex country side.

Located in Swife Lane, between Burwash Common and Heathfield, for more details call 01435 883449 or visit www.lakedowntroutfishery.co.uk

Sarah Raven’s Cookery School and Cutting GardenSarah Raven’s Cookery School and Cutting Garden

Sarah Raven, the well known gardening expert, writer and journalist and lover of good food spends her time between homes at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent and her farmhouse near Burwash.

She runs her garden and cookery school at Perch Hill Farm, Willingford Lane, near Burwash Common.

Courses are run throughout the year on a wide range of garden and food related subjects, and the garden is open to the public several times a year. For details of courses and opening times please visit Sarah’s website - www.perchhill.co.uk.

Brightling Polo Club

Brightling Polo Club

For fans of one of the fastest and most exciting sports, Brightling Polo Club hosts a number of tournaments during the year. The polo grounds are situated at Riverdell Farm, Rother Bridge – take School Hill from Burwash.

For more details visit www.brightlingpolo.com.







Other Attractions in The Area

For more information on gardens, castles, galleries and other places of interest within a 30 minute drive of Burwash please click Other Links on the left hand Menu


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