Archaeology and ancient monuments
- Winstanley moated site and five fish ponds at Winstanley
- Gidlow Hall moated site at Aspull
- Morley Hall moated site at Tyldesley
- New Hall moated site at Astley
- The Moat House moated site at Haigh
- Haigh Sough mine drainage portal at Haigh
- Astley Green Colliery engine house and headgear at Astley
- Market Cross in Market Place at Standish
- Mabs Cross on Standishgate at Wigan
- Cross base on Green Lane at Standish
- Cross base on Standish Wood Lane at Standish
- Cross Base at junction of Green Lane, Standish Wood Lane and Beech Walk at Standish
Please see document Scheduled Ancient Monuments (.pdf, 532Kb) for more detailed information.
In addition there are many unscheduled monuments in the borough. Monuments can include earthworks, structures and objects above and below ground as well as buildings.
In the case of scheduled ancient monuments even for repairs permission is required from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport rather than the council.
The effect of proposed development on archaeological sites and monuments is a material consideration in determining planning applications. Preservation or archaeological investigation funded by the applicant, if necessary, may be required.
Advice is available from the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit (external link), which is supported by Wigan Council.
You can contact the Unit direct at the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Joule house, 1 Acton Square, Salford, Manchester, M5 4NW.
Historic parks and gardens
English Heritage has published a register of parks and gardens of special historic interest, which includes Mesnes Park, in Wigan. In addition, the Unitary Development Plan includes a list of 13 other gardens of more local interest. Listing a garden alerts the owner to its interest so that proper advice can be sought and so that it can properly be taken into account in any planning applications which affect the garden.