The House at Shaw's Corner

The Entrance Hall at Shaw's Corner

Originally built as a rectory, visit the Ayot St Lawrence house that was George Bernard Shaw's home for over 40 years.

The New Rectory of Ayot St Lawrence

Shaw's Corner was originally built as the New Rectory for Ayot St Lawrence by the Church of England in 1902. The house was designed very much in the Arts and Crafts style with stained glass windows and hearts cut into the banisters.
 
We’re not sure if the house was ever used as the rectory, as it was offered for rent by the Church of England by 1906. The Shaws had just left a house nearby in Welwyn and were in 'the agonies of house hunting' as Shaw wrote to H.G.Wells, when they found the house that would become their most permanent home.
 

A timeline of Shaw's Corner

1902: The house is built by local church architects
 
1906 The Shaws start to rent the house, fully furnished, from the Church of England
 
1915 Shaw helps villagers clear the roads after a terrible storm
 
1920 The Shaws buy the house for £6,332
 
1923 The garden is extended, as Shaw buys an extra strip of land to the west and south
 
1944 Shaw hands the property over to the National Trust after Charlotte's death
 
1950 Shaw dies in the Dining Room on 2 November
 
1951 The house opens to the public on 17 March