Wigan is a large town within Greater Manchester sitting proud on the River Douglas. Dating back to the Celts, it was the Roman settlement of Coccium which marks the start of Wigan’s place on the map. It’s believed that Wigan went on to be an important area in the Middle Ages. However, it was during the Industrial Revolution that Wigan really took off in terms of population growth, largely due to becoming a major mill town as well as coal mining area.
George Orwell referred to Wigan in his book appropriately named ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ which served to uncover the poor conditions of post-industrial decline in 1930s Britain. Wigan is a popular area now for commuting to Manchester.