The Orton-on-the-Hill Conservation Area was designated by the council in August 1997.
The village location is defined by a group of isolated woodland trees set in open countryside on the top of a high ridge. It is approached by narrow straight roads from the nearby settlements.
The conservation area includes the organic historic core around St Edith's Church, together with the more formal development along Main Street.
The designated area is characteristic of many of the county's rural villages. It includes The Old Rectory, village farms, farmworkers cottages and the site of the former landowner's hall and parkland. However, like many villages, it has suffered from recent unsympathetic infill developments which has had a detrimental impact on its character.
Last updated: 24/12/2021 09:01