Metropolitan Borough of Wigan

The Metropolitan Borough of Wigan is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, in North West England. It is named after the main settlement of Wigan. It covers the towns of Atherton, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Golborne, Hindley, Ince-in-Makerfield, Leigh and Tyldesley. The borough also covers the villages and suburbs of Abram, Aspull, Astley, Bryn, Hindley Green, Lowton, Mosley Common, Orrell, Pemberton, Shevington, Standish, Winstanley and Worsley Mesnes.

Borough of Wigan
Wigan Civic Centre
Motto(s): 
"Progress With Unity" "Lux ex tenebris" - Light from the darkness
Wigan shown within Greater Manchester
Coordinates: 53°32′N 2°37′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyGreater Manchester
Admin HQWigan (Civic Centre)
Founded1 April 1974; 47 years ago (1974-04-01)
Government
  TypeMetropolitan borough
  Governing bodyWigan Metropolitan Borough Council
  Mayor of WiganCllr Stephen Dawber [1]
  MPs:James Grundy (C)
Chris Green (C)
Lisa Nandy (L)
Yvonne Fovargue (L)
Area
  Total72.66 sq mi (188.19 km2)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Total328,662 (Ranked 30th)
  Ethnicity
(United Kingdom estimate 2005)[2]
97.5% White
1.1% S. Asian or mixed
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Postcode areas
Area code(s)01942 /01695/ 0161 / 01257
ISO 3166-2GB-WGN
ONS code00BW (ONS)
E08000010 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSD583055
NUTS 3UKD32
Websitewww.wigan.gov.uk

The borough was formed in 1974, replacing several former local government districts. It is the furthest west part of Greater Manchester, and it is bordered by the Greater Manchester boroughs of City of Salford and Bolton to the east, the Cheshire borough of Warrington to the south, the Merseyside borough of St Helens to the south west, and the Lancashire boroughs of West Lancashire to the west and Chorley to the north.