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Ovington, County Durham

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Ovington is located in County Durham
Location within County Durham
Population217 (2011 including Barforth)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ131146
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRichmond
Postcode districtDL11
FireCounty Durham and Darlington
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
List of places
County Durham
54°31′39″N 1°47′54″W / 54.52741°N 1.79828°W / 54.52741; -1.79828

Ovington is a village and civil parish in County Durham, England. Situated 8 miles (13 km) east of Barnard Castle. Lying within the historic boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the village along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District has been administered with County Durham since 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.


The remnants of an Iron Age hillfort known as Cockshot Camp are located less than a mile east of the village.[2]

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ovington as:

"a township in Forcett parish, N. R. Yorkshire; on the river Tees, at the boundary with Durham, 5 miles S E by E of Barnard-Castle. Acres, 530. Real property, £851. Pop., 142. Houses, 34. A Gilbertine priory was founded here, by Alan de Wilton, in the time of King John; but has left no traces. There are remains of a small ancient camp."[3]


Ovington was part of the local government district of Teesdale from 1974 before it was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. For the purposes of Durham County Council elections, Ovington is located in the Barnard Castle East ward.

The village lies within the Bishop Auckland parliamentary constituency, which is under the control of the Conservative Party. The current Member of Parliament, since the 2019 general election, is Dehenna Davison.

Culture and community

One of Ovington's distinguishable landmarks is a 60ft high maypole situated on the village green and an intgral part of the village's annual May Day celebrations. The original maypole was erected in 1897 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, it became a grade II listed structure in 1987,[4] in 2006 the pole was replaced after costs to maintain the original structure had become too high,[5] in November 2015, high winds caused the maypole to snap[6] however by September 2016 it had been replaced, and sections of the former maypole were crafted into benches on the green.[7]

The village has one public house, The Four Alls, which dates back over 200 years,[8] and a village hall, in which the parish council conducts their meetings.[7]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Cockshot Camp". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  3. ^ "History of Ovington, in Teesdale and North Riding | Map and description". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  4. ^ Historic England. "MAYPOLE ON VILLAGE GREEN, Ovington (1322727)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ Mercury, Teesdale (30 April 2017). "Teesdale Mercury: May Day celebrations return to village". Teesdale Mercury. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Ovington's maypole snaps in strong winds". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Ovington Parish Council, Ovington, Richmond". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Fresh start and challenge as locals take over village pub in Ovington". Retrieved 31 May 2020.

External links

Media related to Ovington, County Durham at Wikimedia Commons

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