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 referenceTL195165
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWELWYN
Postcode districtAL6
Dialling code01438
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
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 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.


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 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).


The village has one public house, The Brocket Arms, [2], which is reputed to be haunted. It also offers meals and accommodation.[5] The pub was established in the 14th century.[6].

The old Norman church, in March 2010

The village has two churches:

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.


  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. ^ "The Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence". Mysterious Britain. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Van Gogh walked here". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  8. ^ "Parishes - Ayot St. Lawrence or Great Ayot". British History Online. Retrieved 2009-02-06.


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