/wig"euhn/, n.
a stiff, canvaslike fabric for stiffening parts of garments.
[1870-75; after WIGAN, where originally produced]

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Town and metropolitan borough (pop., 2001: 301,417), northwestern Greater Manchester, historic county of Lancashire, England.

It lies along the River Douglas and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Coal was mined from the 14th century, and textiles were produced in the area as early as the 16th century. Industrialization in the late 18th century was accelerated by the building of canals and railways. Textiles have declined in importance, and the last coal mine closed in 1993. New industries, including food processing, paper and packaging, and electrical engineering, have broadened the economy. Tourism was spurred by George Orwell's treatise The Road to Wigan Pier.

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      town and metropolitan borough in the northwestern part of the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, historic county of Lancashire, England. It lies along the River Douglas and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The borough includes large industrial and commercial centres such as the towns of Wigan and Leigh, suburban neighbourhoods, and small rural communities.

      The traditional industries of the borough are coal and cotton manufacture. Coal was being mined in the Wigan area by the 16th century, and the textile industry was at that time already well developed. Demand for coal increased in the 18th and 19th centuries, and by 1851 some 5,000 men and women were employed in the pits of what is now Wigan metropolitan borough. The mechanization of the textile industry in the late 18th century brought a considerable increase in the number of factories and the size of settlements. Industrialization was accelerated by the building of canals and railways to transport the area's coal, textiles, and heavy metals. Textiles have declined in importance and the last coal mine closed in 1993, but there has been an influx of new industries—notably food processing, paper and packaging, and electrical and general engineering—which have broadened the economic structure. Area metropolitan borough, 77 square miles (199 square km). Pop.(1991) town, 85,819; (1998 est.) metropolitan borough, 310,500.

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