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in 1620. It is surrounded by most charming woods, and the adjoining lands have as much seclusion and jungle mystery as any lover of nature could desire.
I was told in the village, the house derives its name from the fact that a grasping builder so abated his men's wages, that it was always referred to by them as " Batemans," and the name endured.
There are some fine oak-panelled rooms in the house, and it changed hands many times before Rudyard Kipling became lawfully seized and possessed of it.
A Mr. John Britain, who lived at " Batemans," died and was buried in Burwash in 1707. In " Sussex Folk and Sussex Ways " Cocker Egerton tells us that the history of " Batemans " is very hazy, and the date over the door is about the only fact that is not questioned. He also mentions that the house contained some old Sussex " dogs " (called variously " brand-irons," " and-irons," or " end-irons"), bearing the date 1585, but they were taken away by Mr. Stevenson when he left the farm about 1873.
It appears that Pook Hill is the old name for a farm and farm house not far from Burwash Weald, and bordering on Dallington Forest, Lord