Ovington is a village with a Maypole in the middle of its green—a Maypole with tattered garlands still clinging to its iron crown.
It'll save you having to walk from the Maypole, there and back again.
The cross became decayed, and a Maypole was erected either on its site or close beside it.
Before the lapse of many minutes the party halted at the Maypole door.
He was of great height and extreme leanness, resembling a Maypole rather than a man.
That the Maypole bar should come to this, and we should live to see it!
Here again in the village are the stocks; but the Maypole, which once was its pride, long since has made its exit.
These are very good songs, but they will not do for a Maypole dance.
Already the Maypole, that "great stinking idol," as an Elizabethan Puritan called it, had been doomed to destruction.
They could tell that she was tall for a girl, or tallish—not a Maypole.
"high striped pole decorated with flowers and ribbons for May Day merrymakers to dance around," attested from 1550s but certainly much older, as the first mention of it is in an ordinance banning them, and there are references to such erections, though not by this name, from a mid-14c. Welsh poem. See May Day.