Scottish Borders

A village of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders, Ayton lies 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Berwick-upon-Tweed near the Eye Water. It developed in association with a mediaeval castle founded nearby in the 12th Century and destroyed in the 1490s. This castle was rebuilt but burned down in 1834 and replaced with the current distinctive red-sandstone structure in 1851. In the 18th century local industries such as sawmilling, papermaking and bleaching contributed to the growth of Ayton. Between 1846 and 1963 a railway station to the southeast served the village and the East Coast Main Line still passes. In 1981 Ayton was bypassed by the new A1 trunk road.

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