Ayot St Lawrence

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Ayot St Lawrence
The new St. Lawrence church
Ayot St Lawrence is located in Hertfordshire
Ayot St Lawrence
Ayot St Lawrence
 Ayot St Lawrence shown within Hertfordshire
OS grid reference TL195165
District Welwyn Hatfield
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WELWYN
Postcode district AL6
Dialling code 01438
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Welwyn Hatfield
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Coordinates: 51°50′04″N 0°16′02″W / 51.83434°N 0.26709°W / 51.83434; -0.26709

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 and Ayot St Peter.

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]

Other residents of the village included the Shaws' friend, neighbour and bibliographer Stephen Winsten and his wife, the artist Clare Winsten, and the novelist and biographer Carola Oman, Lady Lenanton.

The village has one pub/inn, The Brocket Arms, [1], which is reputed to be haunted.[4] The pub was established in the 14th century. [2].

The old Norman church, in March 2010

The village has two churches. The old one, in the centre of the village, was partially demolished in 1775, because it was obstructing the view from Sir Lionel Lyde's new home.[5]

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.

The new St Lawrence church was designed in a neo-classical style by Nicholas Revett[6] and features a Palladian-style frontage with Doric columns.


  1. ^ "Shaw's Corner". Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Open house at Shaw's Corner". The Welwyn and Hatfield Times. 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Ayot Saint Lawrence". Hertfordshire Genealogy. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ "The Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence". Mysterious Britain. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Van Gogh walked here". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Parishes - Ayot St. Lawrence or Great Ayot". British History Online. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 


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