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Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire  -  Shaw's Corner
House of George Bernard Shaw

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Built in 1902 as the New Rectory it was designed by local architects and used local materials. It was soon felt to be too large for a small parish and it was rented by George Bernard Shaw  in 1906. He subsequently purchased it and lived there until his death in 1950. He presented it to the National Trust during his lifetime. 


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Beyond the trees at the bottom of the garden, Shaw's 6ft square writing hut. It could be turned to follow the sun. He used it regularly and also as a retreat from unwanted visitors; the housekeeper could say truthfully that Mr Shaw was out.

The National Trust Website for the house contains many details on the life of Shaw and his wife at the house, as well as photographs of the interior.


More at Ayot St Lawrence:
Old St Lawrence Church

New St Lawrence Church

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