The highlight of Bateman’s is the Exhibition Room that once served as a bedroom for Rudyard Kipling and his wife. At the Exhibition Room there are many valuable items displayed. I would like to mention a few that particularly interested me. Nelson relic, a piece of HMS Victory’s Trafalgar bunting; The alphabet necklace from the story ‘How The Alphabet Was Made’ designed by Kipling to entertain his children and those of his friends; Kipling’s pictures from his childhood to adult; Last but definitely least, the certificate of Nobel Prize in Literature that was awarded to Rudyard Kipling "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author".
That’s all what I saw at the house of Bateman’s. Then I left to the Garden.4. The Garden, The Wild Garden and The Meadow
On leaving the mill I had a short stay at the bench of the Meadow. The Meadow has been used for farming for many years. In 1902 when Rudyard Kipling bought Bateman’s it came with 33 acres, but he bought more land as it became available. Today most of what you see to the north, west and east belongs to Bateman’s.
I also stopped at Bateman’s shop and bought a bookmark that has Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ printed on it.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day out. One day I hope I can visit Bateman’s again, but only after I have read some of his works.
Bateman’s is owned by National Trust. Bateman’s prices are £7.45 for adults, £4.10 for children and £18.60 for family. If you're a member of National Trust you can get free entrance. However Bateman’s is not open everyday. You can visit National Trust website for more details.
Bateman’s-The Home of Rudyard Kipling