Location, location, location - and yes, Parham Park and Borde Hill were the beautiful locations of the last two recent annual South East Section late Summer events that saw record numbers of AOC members and a bevy of wonderful Alvis’s. So where next.
Continuing our search for wonderful locations this year, the AOC South East Section Committee is taking you back in time to the world of Rudyard Kipling and to his house Batemans. There he created a beautiful family home and wrote countless stories and poems that remain some of the best loved pieces of enduring English literature.
Born in Bombay to English parents in 1865, Kipling was sent to England at the age of 5. He suffered unhappy younger years and a good deal of family dislocation but nothing compared to the devastation of the death of his son at Battle of Loos. His trials and tribulations created a mind of great insight and passion for the human kind so well depicted in his writings especially his poem IF.
Kipling acquired Batemans in 1901 at the age of 36 and kept buying land around the estate as its became available such that it extends to some 300 acres. The house and gardens offer visitors a trip back in time and includes famously Kipling’s study, untouched from an afternoons writing. A progressive man, Kipling also believed in renewable energy, electrically powering Batemans from his own turbine linked to a watermill in the grounds, much of which remains today for visitors to see.
Please put in your diaries Sunday 2 October, 10.00 start at Batemans, Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, TN19 7DS.
We will be including an application form in the next Callendar.