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Savernake Forest

Golding’s biographer, John Carey, writes that Savernake Forest, on the outskirts of Marlborough,Wiltshire, was the inspiration for the setting of The Inheritors. Golding’s parents would take him on walks around the forest during his childhood.  As a protected landscape, the forest is at least 1000 years old, having been mentioned in a Saxon Charter of A.D.934.