About Winships

Winships is a cosy set of Dining rooms and bar in the heart of Ovington, Northumberland.

History of OvingtonWinships Restaurant

The parish of Ovington lies in southern Northumberland, on the north bank of the River Tyne. It is one of the smallest parishes in the county.

At a time when northern England was suffering the ravages of war with Scotland, Ovington seems to have escaped without mention. Likewise it has no trace of the 16th or 17th century defensive farmhouses, called Bastles that are found elsewhere in the county.

The earliest buildings in Ovington seem to have been built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Village Farm may be one of the earliest and, although it is a little like a Bastle, its walls are much thinner and would not have withstood any prolonged attack.

Hunter's Cottage is another 17th or 18th century farm and is a rare survival of an earlier type of farm.

The 18th and 19th centuries were a fairly prosperous time for the border region of England and fine buildings such as Ovington Hall were built, as well as developments in farm methods and practise, new industries developed such as brewing at the Old Brewery.