Plans to restore castle a step closer

Ayton village in Scarborough.Ayton Castle. pic Richard Ponter 153002d
Ayton village in Scarborough.Ayton Castle. pic Richard Ponter 153002d

Plans to restore the ruined 14th Century Ayton Castle are a step closer thanks to a £15,000 funding boost.

Work to stabilise and consolidate the castle walls is due to start in the next few weeks following the award from grant-giving body WREN’s FCC Heritage Fund.

Once complete, owner Scarborough Borough Council says the ruin will be safe for members of the public to visit and learn more about its origin.

Property assistant manager at the council, Alan Dargue: “We are extremely grateful to WREN for backing this project and looking forward to breathing new life into what is a fantastic example of our rich local heritage.”

The council is working with a local ‘friends group’ with a view to handing over much of the ongoing management of the site. The ruin will be removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register once work is complete.