Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire Family History Guide

Alternative names: Ayott St Lawrence, Great Ayot, Ayott Magna

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1566
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1604

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Ayot St Lawrence

  • Kimpton
  • Sandridge
  • Ayot St Peter
  • Codicote

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AYOTT-ST. LAWRENCE, or Ayott-Magna, a parish in Hatfield district, Herts; near the river Maran, 2¾ miles WNW of Welwyn r. station. Post Town, Welwyn. Acres, 747. Real property, £1,568. Pop., 122. Houses, 23. The property is not much divided. The manor belonged anciently to King Harold; and belongs now to the Lydes of Ayott Park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £180. Patron, Lionel Lyde, Esq. 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.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Ayott (St. Lawrence), or Ayott-Magna, a parish in the hund. of Broadwater, union of Welwyn, Hertford; 2½ miles west from Welwyn. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Hutingdon and dio. of Lincoln; rated at £8 13s. 4d.; gross income £180. Patron, in 1835. L. Lyde, Esq. The church was rebuilt after a Grecian plan, by Revett, at the expense of Sir Lionel Lyde, in 1778. The old church, now in ruins, contains some curious monuments. Pop., in 1801, 115; in 1831, 134. Houses 22. Acres 980. A. P. £1,062. Poor rates, in 1837, £48.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ayott (St. Lawrence), 6 m. N.N.W. Hatfield. P. 134

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Administration

  • County: Hertfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hatfield
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)
  • Diocese: Post-1844 – Rochester, Pre-1845 – Lincoln
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Hertford, Post-1844 – Welwyn
  • Poor Law Union: Welwyn
  • Hundred: Broadwater
  • Province: Canterbury