Haigh  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Haigh like this:

HAIGH, a village, a township, and a par. chapelry in Wigan parish, Lancashire. The village stands on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, 2¾ miles NE of Wigan r. station; and has a post office under Wigan, and fairs on 29 June and 22 Nov. The township comprises 2, 109 acres. Real property, £13, 086; of which £8, 687 are in mines, £711 in ironworks, and £50 in the canal. ...

Pop., 1, 171. Houses, 205. Haigh Hall belonged for many ages to the Bradshaighs; belongs now to the Earl of Crawford; is partly ancient, but was built at several times; includes a chapel, supposed to be of the age of Edward II.; and stands in a fine park, which has a vantage ground commanding a view over parts of thirteen counties, and away to the Isle of Man. Cannel coal and other coal are extensively worked; and the former is of such quality as to be made into toys and ornamental articles, and to take a polish like black marble. The chapelry includes also the township of Aspull; bears the name of Haigh and Aspull; and was constituted in 1838. Pop., 5, 461. Houses, 988. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £300. Patron, the Rector of Wigan. The church is in the early English style; and consists of nave and aisles, with porch and bell turret. A chapel of ease, built in 1849, is in Aspull. Chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Roman Catholics, a national school, and a small endowed school also are in Aspull; and an endowed school, with £53 and alms houses with £137, are in Haigh.

Haigh through time

Haigh is now part of Wigan district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wigan has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Haigh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Haigh, in Wigan and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st May 2022

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