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Population 7,190 (2011)
OS grid reference NZ108507
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CROOK
Postcode district DL15
Dialling code 01388
Police Durham
Fire County Durham and Darlington
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament
List of places
County DurhamCoordinates: 54°43′N 1°41′W / 54.71°N 1.69°W / 54.71; -1.69

Willington is a former-pit town in County Durham, England, in the foothills of the Pennines and near the River Wear close to Crook and Bishop Auckland.

Like many communities in the area Willington's economy was largely based on coal mining. The closure of the colliery in 1967 therefore affected the local economy badly and, in common with many former mining communities, Willington has struggled to recover.

Although a handful of job opportunities remain within the village limits, work for many residents is now located outside the village, and Willington functions largely as a satellite town for Bishop Auckland and Durham.

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