Stevenage composer’s private papers archived

PUBLISHED: 12:13 20 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 21 October 2013

Elizabeth Poston

Elizabeth Poston


The private papers of a musician have been handed over to a historical preservation society.

Correspondence between Elizabeth Poston, a composer and writer, and her friends and family have been given to Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.

She was born on October 24, 1905, at Highfield House in Pin Green, Stevenage – the site which is now Hampson Park.

In 1914, a year after the death of her father, she and her brother were taken by their mother, Clementine, to live at Rooks Nest House in Stevenage, the childhood home of author E M Forster.

Ms Poston lived there until she died in 1987, at the age of 81.

She was a good friend of Forster’s, whose novel Howards End is loosely based on experiences he had while living in Stevenage.

Researcher John Alabaster said: “It’s wonderful that these documents have been handed over. Elizabeth Poston is a remarkable character in our local history, not something I feel we have a great deal of, and she should not be so easily forgotten.

“These writings are an invaluable part of our cultural heritage.”

Ms Poston’s literary executor and copyright holder, Simon Campion, presented more than 100 files attributed to her last Monday.

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She scored multiple television and radio productions throughout her life, collaborating with literary authors such as C S Lewis and Dylan Thomas.

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