Literary and Artistic Gardens

The Sussex connection to the Bloomsbury Group has brought with it a literary and artistic garden heritage. The garden created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in the 1920s at Charleston is featured in many of their paintings and contains sculpture and garden ornaments made by Vanessa's son Quentin Bell.

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Garden at Charleston Farmhouse, Firle (Nr Lewes) (Coutesy of Patrick Charpiat (left and right) and Chris Gunns (middle))


Nearby, in Rodmell, is Monks House, where Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf wrote her later novels and where she and her husband Leonard created a garden, at the end of which stands Virginia's writing hut.

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 Garden at Monk's House, Rodmell (Nr Lewes) (courtesy of Lorenza Del Tosto)


Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book and Just So Stories, settled at Batemans in Burwash in 1902 and lived there with his family until his death in 1936. He laid out the gardens to his own design and some of his original drawings for the garden survive.

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Batemans, Burwash (courtesy of Pam Fray (left and right) and Stephen Craven (middle))