About this church
Ayot's parish church could hardly be more different. Replicating a temple from Ancient Greece, it was built in 1778 for Sir Lionel Lyde, a wealthy landowner who wanted something impressive to enhance his view from Ayot House. His architect was Nicholas Revett.
A few hundred yards east of the white stuccoed church with its colonnades and portico, very avantgarde for its day, stands what remains of its medieval predecessor.
Lyde had dismantled this into a forlorn, roofless ruin, before the church authorities could object, in the belief that it would make a picturesque addition to his landscape.