Ayot St Lawrence, Shaws Corner c.1955

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Caption for Ayot St Lawrence, Shaws Corner c1955: This photograph shows the back of the late-Victorian rectory which became the home of the writer George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950, at the age of ninety-four. Owned by the National Trust, the building houses a number of literary relics, which these visitors have come to peruse. Photographs taken twenty years earlier show this aspect of the building heavily festooned in creepers, which have clearly been severely pruned.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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Many of my family lived in Ayot St Lawrence, pre and post war. Both sets of grandparents lived there. Arthur and Elsie Smith, lived at Forge Cottage and worked at Ayot Cottage & later worked at Abbotshay Farm and lived then at Church Cottage. Lou and Fen Harding ran The Brocket Arms, later my uncle Peter (...Read full memory)

A delightful place to work if only for six months. We would lunch at the Brocket Arms or take a picnic into the grounds by the swimming pool. We did work as well; caring for the silk worms in the mornings and showing visitors around in the afternoons. My favourite task would be to walk the grounds collecting (...Read full memory)

I was born in Hitchin Hospital in 1948 & we lived in Abbotshay Cottage , before moving to The Home Farm Delaport in Wheathampstead , when I was 11. The post office was run by an elderly lady whose name I feel was Miss Lythe. The milk was delivered daily by Mrs Tucker . The Brocket Arms was very popular , (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Ayot St Lawrence, Shaws Corner c1955: This photograph shows the back of the late-Victorian rectory which became the home of the writer George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950, at the age of ninety-four. Owned by the National Trust, the building houses a number of literary relics, which these visitors have come to peruse. Photographs taken twenty years earlier show this aspect of the building heavily festooned in creepers, which have clearly been severely pruned.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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