George Bernard Shaw was 50 when he found an epitaph in the old churchyard of Ayot Saint Lawrence, 22 miles from London. It read: "1825-1895Her time was short." Then & there Shaw, who intended to live to 100, decided that the quiet Hertfordshire hamlet where 70 was considered a short life would be an ideal place to spend the coming 50 years. Shaw found a house, moved in, learned to love Ayot.
This is my dell and this my dwelling
Their charm so far beyond my telling,
That though in Ireland is my birthplace
This home shall be my final earthplace.
The lines were...