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Leigh, Wigan

Leigh (pop. 43,000) is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in Greater Manchester, England. It is 4 miles southeast of Wigan, and 12.6 miles west of Manchester. Leigh is situated on low lying land to the north west of Chat Moss. Historically a part of Lancashire, Leigh was originally the centre of a large ecclesiastical parish covering six vills or townships.
Post townLEIGH
Administrative CountyWigan
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD6500
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGreater Manchester
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01942
Population43,006
 

Other names by which Leigh, Wigan has been known in the past

West Leigh

Leigh, Wigan in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Leigh.-- market town and par. (ry. stations West Leigh, and Leigh and Bedford), SW. Lancashire, 21 miles NE. of Liverpool, 16 miles NW. of Manchester, and 193 miles NW. of London by rail - par., 13,792 ac., pop. 46,959; town, pop. 21,734; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The town is situated on the Wigan and Leigh branch of the Leeds and Liverpool and Bridgwater Canals, and has an extensive trade in its mfrs. of cotton and silk; the minor industries being glass-working, ironfounding, malting, and brewing. Coal mines are in the vicinity.

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