KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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Chapter IX
If Newhaven is taken as a centre, and a part circle is struck with a five-mile radius, Rotting-dean comes just within the arc, also the Ouse villages of Piddinghoe, Southease, Rodmell and Telscombe.
At first Kipling made his home at Rottingdean, in the old house which faces the vicarage, where the Duke of Wellington, Cardinal Manning and Lord Lytton received their education; but the curiosity of literary pilgrims drove him to a stronghold at Burwash.
Of course, the church at Rottingdean has long been a place of pilgrimage for all who admire the work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones or William Black.
When Kipling lived at " The Elms," near the church, he was much discomforted by a driver of the local 'bus who often pointed his whip when he encountered the poet, and announced in a stentorian voice to his human freight: " Here we have Mr. Kipling, the soldier-poet." Kipling
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