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Wigan was part of the territory of the ancient Brigantes who ruled most of Northern England in pre-Roman times. Following the Roman conquest of Britain Wigan was part of their Coccium settlement. In 1246, King Henry III made Wigan a Royal borough. During the English Civil War, Wigan supported the Royalist cause. The 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley, used Wigan as his headquart...Read more
Wigan is a town in Greater Manchester that is famous for its leading sports teams: rugby league side Wigan Warriors who compete in the Super League and Wigan Athletic who play in the Premier League. Many of the town’s historic mills and buildings have been renovated and transformed and are now homes and offices.
Wigan has been the home of the annual World Pie Eating Championship since 1992. The event usually takes place at Harry’s Bar on Wallgate and sees competitors from around the world take part. In 2006, following pressure from the Vegetarian Society, a vegetarian pie option was added to the competition.
Wigan is home to 216 listed buildings and 20 of these buildings are Grade II listed. One of these buildings is Haigh Hall which was built in 1827-1840. The manor house is surrounded by 250 acres of country park. One of Wigan’s biggest attraction is the 5.5 metre tall ‘Face of Wigan’ stainless steel statue which is displayed in Wigan town centre. The sculpture was made by...Read more
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The Museum of Wigan Life was opened in 1878 and chronicles the history of the town. George Orwell used the museum to research his famous book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. The Grand Shopping Centre is a popular shopping destination which was opened in 2007.
The headquarters of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are located in Wigan as well as the head offices for Totes the bookmakers. H. J. Heinz has a 55 acre food processing facility in Wigan that is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Wigan has two railway stations, Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate. Wigan North Western provides express trains to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Lancaster, Birmingham and London Euston. Wigan is located at the meeting point of the A49 and A577 which both link to the M6, M61 and M58 motorways so the town has excellent transport links.
Wigan Little Theatre is a small 230 seater theatre that offers a range of shows in an intimate environment. The historic and beautiful building hosts drama, comedy and musical performances. The DW Stadium is the home of both Wigan Athletic football team and the Wigan Warriors Rigby League side. Whether you are a football or rugby fan you are sure to be entertained at a match w...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks
The Grade II listed Mab’s Cross in Wigan is a medieval stone cross that is estimated to date back to the 13th century. Local legend tells that Sir William Bradshaw made his wife Lady Mabel Bradshaw walk from her home at Haigh Hall to Mab’s Cross barefoot once a week as a penance for committing bigamy.
10. Interesting Fact
Wigan’s most famous son is ukulele player and singer George Fornby who is still well known today for his songs ‘Leaning on a Lamp Post’ and ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’. There is a statue of Formby in Wigan’s Grand Arcade shopping centre.
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01 April 2013 - 30 April 2013
Words Literary Festival is held every April in Wigan. The festival includes a host of events at various venues in the area with readings and performances from local poets and playwrights. It has been held since 2003 and has made a name for itself as a leading literary e ...more
01 December 2012 - 31 December 2012
The World Pie Eating Championships take place every December at Harry’s Bar in Wigan. The competition was established in 1992 and in 2007 (following pressure from the Vegetarian Society) a vegetarian pie option was added. People from Wigan are sometimes called ‘pie- ...more
01 February 2013 - 28 February 2013
This popular wedding fayre takes place every February at one of Lancashire’s most exclusive wedding venues, the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel and Spa. At the fayre you will find a range of businesses offering wedding services including vintage cars, designer dresses an ...more
01 March 2013 - 31 March 2013
Every March Wigan puts on one of the largest food and drink festivals in the North West of England. Highlights of the Wigan Food and Drink Festival include the Wigan Beer Festival, Kitchen Theatre and a packed food and drink events programme. The event is held over 10 d ...more
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Crime across the Wigan Borough has reduced by six per cent thanks to the work of the Police, the Council and other local agencies over a 12 month period. This means that there have been 1,072 fewer victims of crime in the area. The...
Cyclists of all abilities will benefit from the introduction of a reduced entry fee for the Great Manchester Cycle event. It will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June and will cost just £10 for adults who take part. The event organisers...
Wigan antiques dealer Colin de Rouffignac didn’t give much thought to the undistinguished looking medal that he bought in a bric-a-brac shop 40 years ago, little did he know how valuable it was. The medal was one of a very...
Wigan Athletic fans who took part in the ‘Walk for Emma’ earlier this year have raised an amazing £18,000. The 450 or so supporters left their cars and walked to the stadium for Wigan’s game against relegation rivals Bolton...
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