Wheathampstead Heritage: Virtual Museum Exhibit
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This is the path that was taken by George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) on the many occasions that he walked from his home, Shaw's Corner, in Ayot St Lawrence to visit his friend Apsley Cherry-Garrard at Lamer House. Shaw gave Cherry-Garrard much advice and support when he was writing The Worst Journey in the World, his account of Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1910-1913.
Roughly 150 yards along this path, you cross the supposed line of a minor Roman road that ran from Ayot Bury to join Watling Street at Friars Wash.
Many of the field boundaries in this area are unchanged from medieval times. This is readily apparent on the Ordnance Survey map which shows how the fields run in strips from the higher ground to the north, where pigs might be raised in the woods, down towards the River Lea.
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Date Created: 09/03/2013 11:32:09, by: patrick Date last edited: 25/02/2014 10:16:52, by: patrick