Worthington Lakes, Standish
Wigan: Facts & Figures
||The Wigan Borough lies midway between Liverpool and Manchester, in the North West of England
||77 Square Miles of which 70% is green / open space
- Started life as a Roman Settlement called Coccium
- Renamed “Wiga”, meaning “the place of the Warrior” by the Vikings
- 1246 - King Henry III granted Wigan, by charter, the status of Borough.
- 1651 - the last battle of the Civil War in Lancashire took place on Wigan Lane, near the town centre, when the Earl of Derby’s Royalist army was defeated by Colonel Robert Lilburn and army of Parliamentarians.
- During and after the Industrial Revolution, Wigan became one of the main suppliers of coal and cotton in the North West.
||Wigan Pier, Uncle Joe's Mintballs, Wigan Athletic (Premiership Football Club), Wigan Warriors (Super League Rugby Club), Home of Heinz Baked Beans
|Famous Sons and Daughters:
||Sir Ian McKellan, George Formby, The Verve, Star Sailor, Kim Marsh, Professor Eric Laithwaite, Peter Kane, Lawrence Isherwood, Lily Brayton, Marie Ault, June Croft, Sarah Dunn, Eva Pope, Georgia Taylor, Andy Farrell
Wigan Council, Wigan Life Centre, College Avenue, Wigan, WN1 1NJ T: +44 (0)1942 489192