Willington, County Durham
Willington shown within County Durham
|Population||7,000 (Estimate 2010) 5,000(2001) |
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Greater Willington|
|Unitary authority||County Durham|
|Ceremonial county||County Durham|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||County Durham and Darlington|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
|UK Parliament||North West Durham|
Willington is a former-pit town in County Durham, England. It is 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 hit the town hard. Similarly to many former mining communities this is a blow that Willington has struggled to recover from.
Along with a Co-operative supermarket, many small independent shops thrive in the village such as an independent butchers, A Burnham fruiters, hardware shop and pet shop. There are currently six pubs operating in the village, along with a small microbrewery, The Gambling Man Brewing Company.
Football team 
Willington has its own football club Willington F.C. who currently play in the 11th tier of English football