Results in Wigan, North-West England
LANCASHIRE borough since its Charter was bestowed by Henry III in 1246, now a town half way between the populous regions of Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Wigan was once at the heart of the Lancashire coalfield and suffered during the 1930s depression. George Orwell’s novel The Road to Wigan Pier recorded these dull times but today most visitors comment on the good quality countryside and attractive historic town. Wigan’s famous sons include the singer George Formby. The firm of Marks & Spencer was established in Wigan in 1894.