Ayot St Lawrence

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Ayot St Lawrence
PalladianChurchAyotStLawrenceMay04.jpg
The new St. Lawrence church
Ayot St Lawrence is located in Hertfordshire
Ayot St Lawrence
Ayot St Lawrence
Location within Hertfordshire
OS grid referenceTL195165
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWELWYN
Postcode districtAL6
Dialling code01438
PoliceHertfordshire
FireHertfordshire
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire
51°50′04″N 0°16′02″W / 51.83434°N 0.26709°W / 51.83434; -0.26709Coordinates: 51°50′04″N 0°16′02″W / 51.83434°N 0.26709°W / 51.83434; -0.26709

Ayot St Lawrence is a small English 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, where the census population of Ayot St Lawrence was included in 2011.

Heritage[edit]

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 Shaw's friend, neighbour and bibliographer Stephen Winsten (1893–1991) and his wife, the artist Clare Winsten (1894–1989).

During the 1950s, the silk-maker Zoe Dyke (1896–1975) moved her business to Ayot House.[4] The historical novelist, biographer and children's writer Carola Oman, Lady Lenanton (1897–1978) lived at Bride Hall with her husband. She died there on 11 June 1978.[5]

Amenities[edit]

The village has a timber-framed public house, The Brocket Arms, which may date back to the early 16th century.[6] It also offers meals and accommodation.[7]

The old Norman church, in March 2010

The village has two churches:

Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan (1865–1946), a British Army officer and Chief of the Imperial General Staff, is buried in the churchyard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shaw's Corner". Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Ayot Saint Lawrence". Hertfordshire Genealogy. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Mark Bostridge: "Oman, Carola Mary Anima (married name Carola Mary Anima Lenanton, Lady Lenanton)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. ^ "The Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence". Mysterious Britain. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  7. ^ "The Brocket Arms". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  8. ^ "Van Gogh walked here". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  9. ^ "Parishes - Ayot St. Lawrence or Great Ayot". British History Online. Retrieved 2009-02-06.

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