A small village steeped in history, Burwash was established around the 12th Century. It was a major smuggling town in the 18th and 19th Centuries, as well as a notorious outpost for highwaymen.
Today, Burwash is known as the location of Rudyard Kipling's house - Bateman's (pictured, left), as well as for its charming small English countryside village feel, rustic atmosphere, and a forgotten-by-time feel. Many of its shops downtown date back to the 14th Century.
People Born in Burwash
Burwash in People's Lives
Rudyard Kipling: I moved here from Torquay with my family in 1897. I had never liked living in Torquay, but I immediately settled in Burwash, and fell in love with it. In 1902, I bought a house that had been built in 1634, it stood on 34 glorious acres, and was "all untouched and unfaked." During my years here, I enjoyed my most applauded success as a writer. In 1907, I was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. I saw World War I come and go, and I saw my son John killed in action. I lived here until my death in 1936.