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Ayott St Lawrence, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Ayott-St Lawrence or Ayott-Magna, a parish in Herts, near the river Maran, 2½ miles NE from Wheathamstead station on the G.N.R. Post town, Welwyn; money order and telegraph office, Codicote. Acreage, 751; population, 137. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £137 with residence. The church was rebuilt, in 1778, at the expense of Sir Lionel Lyde, in the Grecian style, after a design by Revett. The previous church still stands as a ruin, and contains some curious monuments. Ayot House is a fine old country seat, standing in a park of 200 acres.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHertfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishAyott St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionWelwyn 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Ayott St Lawrence

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ayott St Lawrence from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hertfordshire is online.


Online maps of Ayott St Lawrence are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hertfordshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hertfordshire, 1572 and 1634. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe, F.S.A. is available on the Heraldry page.