Visit Wigan and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Wigan, Greater Manchester, is sometimes dismissed as an industrial town of little interest, with memories of The Road to Wigan Pier. The pier was so named from the wharf made on the canal cut in the 18th century, one of many linking Lancashire towns for the transport of goods. The first industries were pewter, brass, bell-founding, clock-making, cotton, coal-mining, iron and clothing. Wigan is a historic town, with names of Norse, Celtic and Saxon origin, and relics of Roman occupation. It had a charter as far back as 1246 and its coat of arms is unusual for the privilege of bearing royal symbols. Wigan was Royalist in the Civil War and James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, was routed there. He was later executed at Bolton. In Wigan Lane is the monument marking the spot where the earl's general, Tyldesley, was killed.
The Parish Church of All Saints is Gothic in style, largely rebuilt. An inscription on the churchyard wall is dated 1683. Among monuments is that to Sir William Bradshaigh and his wife. According to legend she believed her husband dead after several years of his absence, and married a Welsh knight; on his return she walked barefoot in penance once weekly for a year from Haigh to Mab's Cross (in Standishgate). It was in Wigan that William Hesketh Lever (of Bolton and Port Sunlight) began making soap in 1886.
Nearby cities: Manchester, Preston
Nearby towns: Bolton, Chorley, Ormskirk, Salford
Nearby villages: Abram, Adlington, Appley Bridge, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Bickershaw, Bickershaw, Billinge, Blackrod, Bryn, Crank, Eccleston, Garswood, Golborne, Haigh, Hindley, Horwich, Ince-in-Makerfield, Leigh, Pemberton, Rivington, Shevington, Standish, Upholland, Westhoughton
Have you decided to visit Wigan or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Wigan bed and breakfast (a Wigan B&B or Wigan b and b)
- a Wigan guesthouse
- a Wigan hotel (or motel)
- a Wigan self-catering establishment, or
- other Wigan accommodation