Ayot Park

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    Ayot Park is a grade II listed park and garden at Ayot St Lawrence in Hertfordshire, England.[1] It contains the grade II* listed Ayot House along with an earlier manor house and a walled kitchen garden which are also listed.

    The estate was acquired in 1723 by Cornelius Lyde and after his death it passed to Sir Lionel Lyde who was both his nephew and son-in-law.[1] Sir Lionel built the grade I listed St Lawrence Church which faces the house across the park. It was consecrated in 1779.[2]

    Ayot House

    The red-brick house, located at 51°50′20″N 0°16′03″W / 51.8388°N 0.2674°W / 51.8388; -0.2674 (Ayot House), is described by Historic England as dating from the early-mid 18th century.[3] It appears to be an early 18th-century house extended in the mid 18th century.

    In the 1950s the house was used by Zoe Dyke's silk farming business, which relocated from Lullingstone Castle.[4] Later it was divided into apartments.

    Access

    There is a path across the park to St Lawrence Church.

    The walled garden and other gardens associated with the manor house are sometimes opened to the public under the auspices of the National Gardens Scheme.[5]

    References

    1. ^ a b Historic England. "Ayot House (park and garden) (1000905)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
    2. ^ "Church built with profits from the slave trade". Historic England. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
    3. ^ Historic England. "Ayot House (1348107)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
    4. ^ John Martin, ‘Dyke , (Millicent) Zoë, Lady Dyke (1896–1975)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 accessed 12 July 2017
    5. ^ "The Manor House". National Gardens Scheme.

    Coordinates: 51°50′24″N 0°15′54″W / 51.840°N 0.265°W / 51.840; -0.265