Burwash, (East Sussex)

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The recorded history of Burwash begins when the manor was given to the Count of Eu by William the Conqueror in recognition of his services in battle.

The parish church of St Bartholomew was built in 1090 but the tower is the only part surviving from this time (perhaps earlier judging by the shape of the belfry windows).

The war memorial, which stands at the top of School Hill adjacent to the church, contains a lamp at the top which is illuminated on the anniversaries of the deaths recorded upon it.

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The church also contains a 14th Century cast iron slab on the wall near the Lady Chapel altar. Originally in the floor, it marked the resting place of the local iron making family of Collins, and it is believed to be the oldest example of a Sussex iron grave slab. The 14th century font is embelished with the famous Pelham Buckle and the churchyard has some Harmer terracotta gravestones from the early 19th century.

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The modern Catholic Church of Christ the King is at the west end of the village.

The village is now associated with the late author, Rudyard Kipling who lived at Batemans, to the south of the village. The house was built in 1634 by John Brittan, an Iron Master. 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. The three hundred year old house stands alongside the River Dudwell and with the watermill that still grinds corn and once generated electricity for the house; it is a pleasant and interesting place to visit.

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Rampyndene is an imposing red brick house on the south side of the village High Street. It was built in 1699 for a local wealthy wool merchant and sports a lovely arched porch over the door. It is a remarkable house, built in the William and Mary style of architecture. It was once the residence of Colonel Feilden, a close friend of Rudyard Kipling.

Other Burwash parishes:

Burwash Weald.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Christ the King

Congregational Church

Providence Chapel

St Bartholomew

St Joseph, Southover

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

43 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

4 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

2 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 567500, 124753 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour have details of the people commemorated on the War Memorial in Burwash

Roll of Honour in St Bartholomew's Church

Other links relating to this parish:

Roughwood Mills Album has images of the watermill at Batemans, Rudyard Kipling's former home in Burwash

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 282 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are no protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 69 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 97 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

POWPics (The new Roughwood churches album) contains 3 photographs of churches in this parish. This album will also display any postcards or other images of churches which are in the Sussex OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains 68 postal directory entries for this parish, (breakdown below).

68 entries from the 1791 Universal British Directory.

The OPC database contains the following directory sections which cover this parish.

1791 Universal British Directory for Burwash.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Burwash is available on the GENUKI site

1851 Post Office Directory for Burwash


There are 3 books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 4 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 7 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 4 wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains 1 will which mention this parish.

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