Ayot St Lawrence, The Village c.1955

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Caption for Ayot St Lawrence, the Village c1955: The sleepy centre of this village, with its picturesque half-timbered cottages and winding lane, was captured from a point near the ruins of the old 14th-century church, which was partly demolished by Sir Lionel Lyde in the late 18th century because it marred his view from new Ayot House.

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, the Village c1955: The sleepy centre of this village, with its picturesque half-timbered cottages and winding lane, was captured from a point near the ruins of the old 14th-century church, which was partly demolished by Sir Lionel Lyde in the late 18th century because it marred his view from new Ayot House.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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