The Info List - Ayot St Lawrence

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Ayot St Lawrence
Ayot St Lawrence
is a small village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, between Harpenden
and Welwyn. There are several other Ayots in the area, including Ayot Green
Ayot Green
and Ayot St Peter, where the census population of Ayot St Lawrence
Ayot St Lawrence
was included in 2011.


1 Heritage 2 Amenities 3 References 4 Gallery 5 External links

Heritage[edit] George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
lived in the village, at Shaw's Corner, from 1906 until his death in 1950; his ashes are scattered there.[1][2] The house is open to the public as a National Trust property.[3] During the 1950s Zoe Dyke
Zoe Dyke
moved to Ayot House where she continues to work with British-farmed silk.[4] Other residents of the village included Shaw's friend, neighbour and bibliographer Stephen Winsten (1893–1991) and his wife, the artist Clare Winsten (1894–1989), and the novelist and biographer Carola Oman, Lady Lenanton (1897–1978). Amenities[edit] The village has one public house, The Brocket Arms, [1], which is reputed to be haunted. It also offers meals and accommodation.[5] The pub was established in the 14th century. [2].

The old Norman church, in March 2010

The village has two churches:

Old St Lawrence Church, in the centre of the village, was partially demolished in 1775, because it was obstructing the view from Sir Lionel Lyde's new home.[6]

Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan, a British Army officer and Chief of the Imperial General Staff, is buried in the churchyard.

New St Lawrence Church was designed in a neo-classical style by Nicholas Revett[7] and features a Palladian-style frontage with Doric columns.


^ "Shaw's Corner". Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  ^ "Open house at Shaw's Corner". The Welwyn
and Hatfield Times. 2009-09-06. Archived from the original on 2005-08-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  ^ "Ayot Saint Lawrence". Hertfordshire
Genealogy. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  ^ John Martin, "Dyke, (Millicent) Zoë, Lady Dyke (1896–1975)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 accessed 12 July 2017 ^ "The Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence". Mysterious Britain. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  ^ "Van Gogh walked here". St Albans
St Albans
& Harpenden
Review. 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  ^ "Parishes - Ayot St. Lawrence or Great Ayot". British History Online. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 


Shaw's Corner

Ruins of the old Church

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Ayot St Lawrence.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ayot St Lawrence.

Ayot [St Lawrence] in the Domesday Book

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