Ayot Green

A gallery of old pictures of Ayot Green (still under construction)

Ayot Green around 1905, looking north west towards Ayot St Peter Road. The smithy can be seen in the background of this picture
Another view of Ayot Green around 1905, looking north west towards Ayot St Peter Road. The cottages on the left were demolished for Haven House to be built in 1913. The building on the right was Draper’s post office and shop.
A similar view from about 1905 – the building on the right was Draper’s shop and post office, and beyond that it is just possible to see the smithy
Draper’s shop and post office, with George and Sarah Draper and some of their family posed outside. The sign over the door reads “Post Office”. This picture was probably taken in the 1890s. George Draper was a blacksmith who ran the smithy next door, and also the post office. George and Sarah had nine children – two sons were killed in WW1 and are remembered on the war memorial – George and Samuel. Two daughters are buried in the old churchyard – Grace who died in 1899 and Mercy who died in 1920. A seperate page shows a gallery of pictures of the Draper family .
Another view from about 1905 with Draper’s post office and the smithy clearly visible in the background. The men are thought to be George Draper and Fred Burgess
The Smithy in 1909. The business was owned by George Draper who is shown on the left. Behind him is his son Samuel, and the small boy is his son John. Astride the shaft, wearing an apron is son William, and behind him is son George. The man to the rear of the horse is Fred Burgess. The man holding the horse’s head is unknown.
A similar view of Ayot Green after 1913, when Haven House was constructed to replace the two cottages on the corner. Looking north west towards Ayot St Peter Road
Another view of Haven House, which was built in 1913
A later picture of the Green – probably 1930s
Harriett Emma Wardill (c. 1877 to 1954) on the left, with two friends, photographed from the upstairs of her home Haven House on Ayot Green. Late 1920s.
A view of the Green around 1904
The Post Office around 1911. This is now number 6 Ayot Green
A view across the Green to the Post Office
The Horse & Jockey pub from across the Green. This is now a private house – 5 Ayot Green
The Waggoners public house (which still exists on the Brickwall Close cul-de-sac) in the days when it stood on the Great North Road from London to the north. The reading room can just be seen in the background.