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Standish is an historic village on the Wigan to Preston road. The name consists of two elements meaning ‘stone’ and ‘enclosed pasture for cattle’. The name of the northern part of the district, Langtree, means simply ‘the tall tree’.
Standish’s finest building is the parish church of St Wilfrid’s, the only Grade I listed building in the borough. The present church dates from 1584, although the spire was added in 1867. St Wilfrid’s, with its 16th century nave and splendid oak roof, its early 17th century pulpit and bench-ends, is justly renowned as one of Lancashire’s most interesting churches. Nearby, the town’s ancient wooden stocks and market cross can still be found, along with an old well which has recently been restored.
Aspull, lying northeast of Wigan, this pleasant residential village betrays little evidence of its mining and textile past. With Haigh estate to the west and Borsdane Wood to the east it still retains a rural aspect, and boasts superb views towards the West Pennine Moors.
Shevington, and nearby Appley Bridge, is a popular residential area surrounded by the attractive Douglas Valley countryside. The village boasts splendid views and walks to the popular beauty spots of Ashurst Beacon, Parbold Hill, and Fairy Glen.
Both Appley Bridge and Shevington have become popular with commuters in recent years thanks to local stations offering frequent services to Manchester.