Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

T he novel Howards End by EM Forster reg­u­larly makes it into the top 100 English nov­els of all time, and view­ers will re­mem­ber its three TV and film adap­ta­tions, in­clud­ing dur­ing the 1970s star­ring Glenda Jack­son, in 1992 star­ing Emma Thomp­son and this year star­ring Tracey Ull­man.

Its plot touches upon the most Bri­tish of sen­si­tiv­i­ties – class and wealth – and fol­lows three fam­i­lies from dif­fer­ent back­grounds as ro­mance, death and mis­for­tune com­pli­cate their lives.

And the house – Howards End – plays a cen­tral role in the story as the set­ting for many of the novel’s dra­mas.

It is well doc­u­mented that the in­spi­ra­tion for Howards End was Rooks Nest House, for­merly known as Howards. It is where the young EM Foster lived between the ages of four and 14.

Even af­ter he moved out with his par­ents, he kept up cor­re­spon­dence with friends and lo­cals.

Forster was also keen to see the area pre­served and in 1989 The Friends of Forster Coun­try was es­tab­lished to help achieve this aim, which still ex­ists to­day.

Rooks Nest House is now for sale. It’s a Grade I listed prop­erty with a his­tory dat­ing back to Tu­dor times.

It comes with four- anda- half acres of gar­dens and fields as well as three re­cep­tion rooms, five bed­rooms and three at­tic rooms.

It is on the mar­ket with lo­cal agent Coun­try Prop­er­ties ( 01483 313393) for £ 1.5 mil­lion.

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