J.K. Rowling’s Childhood Home

 

The childhood home of the creator of Harry Potter is up for sale. Church Cottage, in the village of Tutshill near Chepstow was where the teenage J.K.Rowling grew up and may have drawn her inspiration for her world famous series of novels. The village of Tutshill draws interest following J.K Rowling’s decision to name one of her quidditch teams ‘The Tutshill Tornadoes’. Church Cottage was built around 1852 by the Gothic Revivalist architect, Henry Woodyer. It served as a school house and then a rectory to the adjoining St Luke’s Church. The property retains many of its original gothic features, including mullioned stone windows and intricate wrought-iron rainwater goods. The trapdoor leads to the cellar which is a disused rainwater reservoir with a distinctive brick-vaulted ceiling. It is easy to see how this house would inspire someone to write about it or as someone has inscribed into one of the bedroom windows ‘Joanne Rowling slept here 1982’.The property stands in a beautiful and spacious cottage garden with lawns to front and rear, a selection of trees, including plum, holly and crab apple, rambling roses, a range of perennials, a small pond with lily pads and ornamental shrubs, grasses, ferns and herbs. It is ideally situated for tutshill Primary School and Wyedean comprehensive, both of which were attended by J.K.Rowling and her sister.

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