In 1946, when he took part in the first campaign to save the countryside around his old home from development, Forster said in a radio broadcast, “I was brought up as a boy...in a district which I still think the loveliest in England.” In 1961 the Guardian newspaper coined the name “Forster Country” for this area north of Stevenage. By this name it is known throughout the world. Students, scholars and the general public come here from Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Japan. In 1979, the centenary of Forster’s birth, over 2,000 people came to Stevenage on account of the Forster connection.
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