Stevenage childhood home of author E M Forster goes on the market for £1.5 million
PUBLISHED: 17:38 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 21 September 2017
A Grade I-listed detached house dating back to the 1600s and well-known for being the childhood home of author E M Forster has gone on the market with a guide price of £1.5 million.
The five-bedroom property in Stevenage Old Town is being marketed by Country Properties and includes four and a half acres of private land overlooking Forster Country – the last remaining farmland in the borough.
The historic property on Weston Road, close to St Nicholas’ Church to the north of Stevenage, is known as Rooks Nest House and was the home of E M Forster during his formative years, from 1883 to 1893.
His novel Howards End was inspired by his childhood home.
Since 1946, people have campaigned against various attempts to build on Forster Country and, in 1988, retired geologist John Hepworth and writer Margaret Ashby, both from Stevenage, formed The Friends of Forster Country with the aim “to preserve for all time the open green space”.