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Population 217 (2011 including Barforth)
OS grid reference NZ131146
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Richmond
Postcode district DL11 7
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
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County DurhamCoordinates: 54°31′39″N 1°47′54″W / 54.52741°N 1.79828°W / 54.52741; -1.79828

Ovington is a hamlet on the south bank of the River Tees in County Durham in the North East of England, situated close to Barnard Castle. It was historically located in the North Riding of Yorkshire but along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District it was transferred to County Durham for administrative and ceremonial purposes on 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

Home to the famous Ovington maypole, the tree for the maypole was fell and then erected by George Kidson MM, a former resident of the village who lived there for 83 years. The maypole was recently replaced with a new maypole donated by Wycliffe Hall. The new maypole stands tall in the centre of the green and two large chunks of the former maypole have been made into benches on either side of the green.

The Maypole was snapped off at ground level by storm force winds on Monday 9th November 2015. It is hoped to replace it with a similar sized pole as soon as one can be sourced and the relevant legalities and paperwork completed.

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