The Ayton Conservation Area takes in the majority of the historic part of the settlement. Its name stems from – “the farm by the Eye Water”. Once the first town into Scotland on the Great North Road, the people of Ayton suffered greatly from travellers seeking handouts.
The Conservation Area of Ayton is made-up of the High Street which is the main street running through the settlement with The Crofts running parallel.
Branching off the High Street are a few other streets – Beanburn, Tower Road and the street leading to The Crofts.
A range of different building types can be found – detached villa style properties, small shops integrated into two-storey dwellings and properties built in rows.
Throughout the Conservation Area a mix of materials such as the use of sandstone, render, slate and pantiles are used.
A few examples of alternating ‘fish-scale’ slate bands can be found. Architectural details such as sash and case windows (of various patterns), bay windows, both transom and fanlights, quoins, rybats, margins, skews and relieving arches all contribute significantly to the character of the Conservation Area.
It is all of these elements that give Ayton its distinct appearance that should be preserved. It is for that reason that any alterations to individual buildings or any new development within the Conservation Area should seek to respect the individual building and the wider Conservation Area.
There are 20 listed properties within the amended Ayton Conservation Area.
Alterations from previous Statement and Boundary
Alterations to the Ayton Conservation Area boundary from that shown in the Berwickshire Local Plan (1994) consist of the inclusion of Cherrytree House, Summerhill Gardens, Summerhill House, Kirklands and The Retreat. Exclusions from the boundary consist of a number of properties along the Old Town road, a number of properties to the west – the builders yard, Stratheye, garage and Claypot’s Cottage. General tidying of the boundary is also proposed so that it follows elements on the ground.