Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for HAIGH

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.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Lancashire AncC
Place names: ASPULL     |     HAIGH
Place: Haigh

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