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]


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.


  1. ^ "Shaw's Corner". Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Open house at Shaw's Corner". The Welwyn and Hatfield Times. 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 24 August 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Ayot Saint Lawrence". Hertfordshire Genealogy. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  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 24 September 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  7. ^ "The Brocket Arms". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Van Gogh walked here". St Albans & Harpenden Review. 4 February 2002. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  9. ^ "Parishes – Ayot St. Lawrence or Great Ayot". British History Online. Retrieved 6 February 2009.


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