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Points of Interest: Wigan
Named originally in the 7th century, the word Wigan means ‘village’ or ‘settlement’ – although there are theories it's a Celtic name of a person, too! Today, Wigan is an important part of Manchester and boasts a population of over 100,000 in the town alone.
The history of Wigan is tied closely with its manufacturing capabilities. Although porcelain manufacture and clock making had been major industries, Wigan quickly became known as a major mill town and coal mining district. A coal mine was recorded in 1450 and at its peak, in the late 19th century, there were 1,000 pit shafts within five miles of the town centre.
The town featured prominently in the English Civil War, with the loyalty to the Crown it demonstrated leading to it being rewarded with a ceremonial sword.
Today, the service industries are the most important ones in Wigan. In the 1980s the Wigan Pier area was redeveloped and the council similarly taking over the Trencherfield Mill Engine. The Way We Were Museum was created, and today is an important and valued attraction in the area.
Wigan continues to flourish with the introduction in 2007 of the new Grand Arcade Shopping Centre. It's a great place full of history and heritage, with firm favourites for days out including the vibrant Old Courts Art Centre, or a trip through the Fairy Glen or Haigh Woodland Park for the nature-minded!
Wigan has a fascinating history and is home to wonderful people in a beautiful area. We're proud to become a part of the area with our Everyday Loans branch!