The Ruined Church, Ayot Saint Lawrence


Post card published by Mrs Jisbella Georgina Lyth, Post Office, Ayot St Lawrence, Welwyn

Ayot St Lawrence Ruins
Published by F. Chennells, Post Office, Wheathampstead
Posted 1915 but back suggests a date nearer to 1905

Same image, monochrome, no publisher, posted 1911

Detail showing the grave boards of Daniel and Edith Threader

These grave boards must have been made about 60 years old when this photograph was taken. Edith Threader was buried 7th October 1839, aged 67, [Herts Burial Index] while Daniel Threader is listed as a 65[-70] year old gardener at Ayott Mansion in the 1841 census. The couple may be the Daniel Threader and Eady Tibbit who married at Totternhoe, Bedfordshire on 9th November 1794. The writing on the furthest board is unreadable and might be that of the infant William Threader. son of Daniel and Edith Threader who was buried on 16th August 1807.

Gertrude Slade also drew these grave boards in 1903 as part of a larger picture of the church, which shows Daniel died in 1856. This was one of four pictures of the St Albans area which won a National Bronze medal  (Department of Education). Her entries were published in The Building News, 22 January, 1904..

December 2009   Page restructures and augmented
January 2011   Gertrude Slade drawing of grave board
February 2013   Transferred to separate page