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    Sennicar Lane, Wigan WN1

    4 3 4

    Greenwood James are delighted to offer for sale this spectacular large executive style detached house that is positioned in arguably the most beautiful location in the wigan area! This ... read more

    Greenwood James Estate Agents

    Greenwood James Estate Agents

  • Detached house for sale

    Sennicar Lane, Wigan WN1

    4 1 3

    Dating back to the early 1700s this impossibly pretty stone built farmhouse rests amidst three acres of beautiful land and gardens and affords breathtaking views over the surrounding ... read more

    Arnold and Phillips Estate Agents

    Arnold and Phillips Estate ...

  • Land for sale

    Old Hall Street, Wigan WN3

    3 1 1

    Prime plot of land. ** planning permission granted to erect 17 two storey houses with associated access, parking and landscaping, following the demolition of existing buildings.** Positioned ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

  • Detached house for sale

    Gathurst Road, Orrell, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN5

    4 1 4

    Dating back to around 1882 this Victorian home maintains a wealth of character thanks to its original features including stain glass windows, high ceilings and cornicing. With an impressive ... read more

    Entwistle Green

    Entwistle Green

  • Detached house for sale

    Wigan Lane, Wigan WN1

    5

    A home of distinction has the ability to stir emotion and desire even before one takes a step across the threshold, and this stunning double-fronted five bed detached residence is one such ... read more

    Arnold and Phillips Estate Agents

    Arnold and Phillips Estate ...

  • Detached house for sale

    The Copse Orrell Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5

    5 3 4

    With a wonderful, spacious, private rear garden and situated on a small exclusive development in a quiet sought after area this executive detached property needs to be viewed to appreciate ... read more

    Reeds Rains

    Reeds Rains

    • Large Garden
    • Double Garage
  • Detached house for sale

    Woodlands Park Close, Wigan WN1

    6 1 3

    Wigan's Premier Estate agents Griffin and Griffin are delighted to be offering for sale this Prestige Spacious Six Bedroom Detached family home which is proudly positioned on this popular ... read more

    Griffin and Griffin Estate Agents

    Griffin and Griffin Estate ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Longshaw Common, Billinge, Wigan WN5

    5 2 4

    A beautiful 5 bedroom unique and very sizeable contemporary home in a lovely semi-rural location of Billinge withstunning rear gardens and a top of the range kitchen that really needs to be ... read more

    Breakey & Co.

    Breakey & Co.

  • Detached house for sale

    Leyland Mill Lane, Wigan WN1

    3 2 2

    A substantial stone built detached Georgian house (circa 1790) with approximately 50 yards of freehold river frontage including fishing rights and driveway, the house is situated in both ... read more

    Borron Shaw

    Borron Shaw

  • Detached house for sale

    Hartley Way, Billinge, Wigan WN5

    5 3 2

    Open day 30th September 11am-11.30am Please contact Reeds Rains to Book your appointment. Looking for the wow factor with an abundance of space and some stunning new features added by the ... read more

    Reeds Rains

    Reeds Rains

    • Good Transport Links
    • Modern
  • Detached house for sale

    Wallbrook Avenue, Billinge, Wigan WN5

    4 2 2

    This family sized detached property with conservatory and double garage is located on a great plot which backs on to farmland and has ample off road parking with room for a caravan or van. ... read more

    Reeds Rains

    Reeds Rains

    • Conservatory
    • Double Garage
  • Detached house for sale

    Wallbrook Avenue, Billinge, Wigan WN5

    4 2 3

    Are you looking for a substantial family home in a superb location? This property could be for you. Firstly, the property is in a prime position on this select development, with farmland ... read more

    Regal Estate Agents

    Regal Estate Agents

  • Detached house for sale

    Whelley, Wigan WN2

    4 3 5

    This magnificent double-fronted period detached residence simply oozes grandeur and splendour on a scale which is almost beyond compare in the area, boasting an eventful history, not least ... read more

    Arnold and Phillips Estate Agents

    Arnold and Phillips Estate ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Milton Grove, Wigan WN5

    3 2 3

    ***no chain*** Located on one of the most desirable streets in Orrell, this extended detached family home oozes spacious living accommodation and quality fixtures & fittings throughout, plus ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Somerville Road, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN1

    4 2 3

    Entwistle Green are excited to bring to the market this excellent four bedroom semi detached home.Situated in a sought after location within close proximity to local amenities, travel links ... read more

    Entwistle Green

    Entwistle Green

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  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Swinley Road, Swinley, Wigan WN1

    4 1 3

    No chain! Located in one of Wigan’s most desirable locations on a picturesque tree lined street in the highly prized area of Swinley, this extremely impressive semi detached family home, ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

  • Detached house for sale

    Holcroft Drive, Abram, Wigan WN2

    5

    Stunning executive five bedroom detached family home with a detached double garage situated on Holcroft Drive in Abram, which is a prestigious development. Accommodation briefly comprises of ... read more

    Miller Metcalfe Hindley

    Miller Metcalfe Hindley

    • Double Garage
    • Good Transport Links
  • Detached house for sale

    Shirewell Road, Orrell WN5

    4 1 2

    Detached Four Bedroom Family Home situated in a pleasant position on a much sought after development within Orrell. Internally this Four Bedroom Home offers spacious living accommodation ... read more

    Borron Shaw

    Borron Shaw

  • Detached house for sale

    Laverick Grove, Highfield, Wigan WN3

    4 1 2

    This substantial modern detached house boasts an impressive double fronted facade in the popular location in Highfield close to excellent schools, amenities and motorway links. This property ... read more

    Breakey & Co.

    Breakey & Co.

  • Detached house for sale

    Naburn Drive, Orrell, Wigan, Lancashire WN5

    4

    This wonderful four bed detached family home which has been ideally placed on a much sought after development on the Wentworth Gardens Estate in the heart of Orrell offering close proximity ... read more

    Ashtons Estate Agency

    Ashtons Estate Agency

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Living in Wigan: The Local Area Guide

Wigan is a town and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, in the North West of England. It is around 16 miles from the city of Manchester, and the town itself has a population of just under 100,000. The wider Metropolitan Borough of Wigan has a population of about 318,000. Wigan sits beside the River Douglas, which was vital for its industrial rise to prominence.

The area around Wigan has been populated since the Celtic times or earlier, but was established as a settlement by the Romans during their conquest of Britain and dubbed Cuccium. It received a Royal Charter and officially became a borough in the 13th century, but remained fairly small for centuries.

However, during the Industrial Revolution it, like so many other Northern England towns, expanded rapidly in terms of population and economy. Coal mining and milling overtook the established industries of porcelain and clock making, and during its peak there were more than 1,000 pit shafts within 5 miles of the centre of the town. These industries eventually died down in the late 20th century.

Of particular importance during the industrial peak of Wigan was Wigan Pier, beside which were the main warehouses and wharfs. The place was injected into popular culture by George Orwell’s book observing the conditions of the working class, ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. Today, it is a memento to the town’s history. The old 19th century buildings still stand, and can be visited and explored by those wishing to learn more about the Industrial Revolution.

Demographics

According to the 2011 census, around 100,000 people live in the town of Wigan. Over 96% of those people were born in the UK, while 1.3% hail originally from elsewhere in the EU and 1.9% come from outside the EU.

At 39.6, Wigan’s mean age is very slightly above the national mean. Its median age is 40, and about 16% of people are over the age of 65 while 17% are under 16. Education rates are, on the whole, lower than average with less than 1 in 5 people having achieved Level 4 Qualifications or more, and more than 27% have no formal qualifications at all. By comparison, 27.4% of all people in England have level 4 qualifications and just 22.5% have no qualifications.

This may play a role in the relative lack of wealth in Wigan. In terms of social grade, which is determined by the occupation of the main household earner, just 15.7% of households are classes as AB and 28.3% as C1, for a total of 45% in the top two social grades. In comparison, 54% of households across England are in AB or C1.

Furthermore, 4.2% of Wigan’s population claim Jobseeker’s Allowance which is a little above the national average of 3.3%. However, property ownership is remarkably high thanks to very reasonable house prices – nearly 70% of households are owner occupied, which is significantly more than the average across England.

Education

The town of Wigan and surrounding borough has a large number of schools. There are lots of primary schools to choose from, and about 20 state secondary schools of differing academic approaches and faiths. One of the top performers in terms of league tables and inspections is the St John Fisher Catholic High School.

Past the age of 16, many pupils choose to go on to one of the area’s further education colleges which are St John Rigby College, Winstanley College, Wigan and Leigh College and Wigan UTC.

Transport

There are two major railway stations within Wigan’s town centre. Wigan Wallgate offers east-west services, while Wigan North Western runs north-south on the West Coast Main Line including major cities and towns across England and all the way up to Scotland.

There are also excellent bus services both within and without the town, and for motorists, Wigan is linked by A roads to nearby motorways including the M6, M58 and M61.

Amenities and Shopping

Wigan has some major retail opportunities for shoppers. The grand Arcade shopping centre, which opened in 2007, has some fantastic high street brands as well as casinos and hotels.

As well as this, the Wigan pier is being developed and will soon include fashionable boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and apartments.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith

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