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King Henry III.The earliest incorporation of the town is actually mentioned in the report of the Norroy King of Arms in 1613, that "The Towne and Bourrough of Wiggin was antiently incorporated by the most noble Kinge, Kinge Hen, the first, in the first year of his raygne."





English Civil War
The Battle of Wigan Lane was fought on August 25, 1651 during the Third English Civil War, between Royalists under the command of the Earl of Derby and elements of the New Model Army under the command of Colonel Robert Lilburne. The Royalists were defeated, losing nearly half their officers and men. The Earl of Derby, as Lord of Mann, had enlisted ten men from each parish in the Isle of Man; 170 in total. David Craine states, "those who did not fall in the fighting [were] hunted to their death through the countryside." A monument, on Wigan Lane, stands in memory of Sir Thomas Tyldesley who was killed at the Battle of Wigan Lane.

Industrial Revolution
Wigan, primarily a mill town, was once an important centre of textile manufacture. The Leeds-Liverpool Canal was diverted from its original planned course, at the request of the mill owners, to transport coal from the Lancashire coalfield pits into Wigan for the mills and was used extensively to transport local produce. In 1818 William Woods introduced the first power looms to the Wigan cotton mills. These mills swiftly became infamous for their dangerous and unbearable conditions, low pay and use of child labour. After the war there was a boom followed by a slump from which Wigan's textile industry did not recover. The last working cotton mill, the May Mill, closed in 1980. The novel Rose by Martin Cruz Smith is centred around the Victorian era coal mining community in Scholes, a predominately poor Irish Quarter and is contrasted by conditions of the ruling local lord of the manor, based somewhat on The Earl of Balcarress of Haigh near Wigan. In 1937, Wigan was prominently featured in George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, which dealt, in large part, with the living conditions of England's working poor.
The leather Industry in Wigan on a commercial scale was limited to the fact that many of the butchers in the district also doubled as Tanners, processing hides from the animals they sold as meat.
Nowadays most of the leather product in the UK is imported, usually as finished furniture, shoes and other goods. Leather has certainly forged its place in the british household and with it companies like Ferndown Leather Services have come into existance to provide repair services to trade and general public. Ferndown Leather Services provides leather repair, cleaning and conditioning activities aimed at bringing leather back to as near its original state as possible prolonging its useable life and ensuring that the item continues to look good even after many years active & continual use.
ALSO WE PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE DAMAGE REPORTS & REPAIR COST EVALUATIONS FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.
Early History
The first people believed to have settled in the Wigan area were the Brigantes living in Chochion. The Antonine Itinerary mentions a settlement, in the general vicinity, by the Romans which was renamed around 79 AD following one of many wars with the Celts to Coccium. Whilst there is evidence of Roman activity, namely coins being found during construction work and the most recent finding, a hypocaust system discovered during the construction of the foundations for a new shopping centre in the town centre, there is no conclusive evidence of Wigan lying on the same site. Wigan is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, probably as it was included in Neweton (now Newton-le-Willows). The traditional date given for the incorporation of Wigan as a borough is 1246 following the issue of a Charter by
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