Inside the Greater Manchester town named the most stylish in our region…but locals say it has a downside


A small corner of Wigan has been named as one of the most elegant towns in Great Britain.

Haigh has made it onto the UK’s ‘Smartest Rural Locations’ list, published by the Daily Telegraph.

The list, which includes 54 locations, was researched by Savills Estate Agents.

The village, which is located just a few kilometers from Wigan city centre, was chosen for its historic buildings and impressive wooded park.

It also has one of the cheapest median house prices (£257,020) in the table, ranking third behind Dinnington in Tyne & Wear and Newgale and Roch in Pembrokeshire.

It is the only place in Greater Manchester that has made the roundup.

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Speaking of Haigh, the daily telegraph He said: “Surrounded by trees, Haigh is a hidden gem just a few miles from Wigan’s busy city centre.

“There is an imposing country mansion, Haigh Hall, built between 1827 and 1840, and the restored Haigh Windmill, originally used to pump water to the Haigh Brewery.

“It’s also home to Haigh Woodland Park, with miles of trails winding through woodland and manicured gardens.”

But what is life like in Greater Manchester’s poshest town?

The town has been named as one of the most elegant in Britain.

The Manchester Evening News he visited Haigh to find out.

Gordon Daniels has lived in the town for 50 years.

The 75-year-old says his favorite things about the area are the friendly neighbors and nearby amenities.

But there is one thing he doesn’t like so much.

“I love being here,” he told the MENS

“I go out the door of my house and in 50 meters I am in the forest right in the rural park. That’s the best.

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“It’s great, but there’s a lot of traffic.

“We have been receiving wagons and that is not pleasant.

“I used to cross the street and not look.

“There are many big houses on the road where all the footballers live.

“Fifty years ago, there were more semi-detached houses. But it is a charming town; it’s so country.

“A few weeks ago a group of coaches came and thought the pub was the Emmerdale Woolpack.

“It is a good area and there are good neighbors. A couple moved in next door when I was trimming the bush, it was freezing and they made me a coffee. They are so nice.

Gordon Daniels

“It’s a lovely place to live.”

Tom Hewitt loves being within walking distance of Haigh Hall and Haigh Woodland Park, where he often walks his dog, Ted.

The 31-year-old said: “I like living here, even though it’s on a main street, it’s relatively quiet in terms of the people around it.

“I love the location. Haigh Hall is within walking distance and we have a dog so that is helpful.

“The pub brings everyone together by organizing events.

“It’s perfect. If you go further down Aspell, you’ll find the cooperative, the retail park, shops and a barbershop.

“I think (it has been voted the most elegant town) by Haigh Hall. There are some very nice houses and it is very picturesque.”

Tom Hewitt with Ted the dog

Sky Walsh also enjoys close proximity to Haigh Hall.

“I enjoy the fact that it’s across the street from Haigh Hall because I have a little boy so I can walk there whenever I want,” the 24-year-old added.

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“There is a school and a family pub. It’s not too far from anything.

“I have some lovely neighbors.”

But Phil Hooson, who has lived in Haigh for four years, “has no idea” why the town would be named the poshest in the region.

He also believes that increased traffic and speeding is a major problem in the area.

The town was the only place in Greater Manchester to make the list.

“I like the immediate area and the amenities available,” the 68-year-old said. “Countryside walks are a minute away.

“The traffic is quite heavy and there is no traffic management regarding this town.

“We have a school, a church and people walking through here because it’s a good place to walk to Haigh Hall and there’s no traffic control.

“I have no idea why it has been named the most elegant.

“There are many lovely places in Wigan.

“I am quite surprised by that. It’s a nice place, but the most elegant? I don’t think he deserves that praise.”

The town was the only place in Greater Manchester to make the list.

Complete list of the most desired towns:

Bedfordshire: Studham (average property price £700,494)

Berkshire: Sunningdale (average property price £1,101,285)

Buckinghamshire: Turville (average property price £1,463,240)

Cambridgeshire: Hemingford Abbots (average property price £829,437)

Cheshire: The Alderleys (average property price £1,268,175)

Clwyd: Rowen (average property price £363,214)

Cornwall: Rock (average property price £1,080,534)

County Durham: Brancepeth (average property price £390,238)

Cumbria: Hawkshead (average property price £460,001)

Denbighshire: Llanarmon-yn-Ial (median property price £290,118)

Derbyshire: Edensor (average property price £670,644)

Devon: South Pool (average property price £999,000)

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Dorset: Studland (average property price £972,831)

East Lothian: Gullane (average property price £356,615)

Yorkshire East Riding: Sutton upon Derwent (average property price £409,071)

East Sussex: Kingston-near-Lewes (average property price £782,339)

Essex: Ramadan Bellhouse (average property price £1,017,722)

Fife: Elie (average property price £349,951)

Gloucestershire: Bourton-on-the-hill (average property price £799,348)

Greater Manchester: Haigh (average property price £257,020)

Hampshire: Beaulieu (average property price £1,524,287)

Herefordshire: Bosbury (average property price £452,954)

Hertfordshire: Little Gaddesden (average property price £1,333,501)

Isle of Wight: Fishbourne (average property price £509,356)

Kent: Ightham (average property price £836,260)

Lancashire: Great Eccleston (average property price £430,630)

Leicestershire: Newton Linford (average property price £692,157)

Lincolnshire: Uffington (average property price £467,548)

Merseysire: Hightwon (average property price £299,304)

Monmouthshire: Shirenewton (average property price £474,775)

Norfolk: Burnham Market (average property price £826,770)

North Yorkshire: Kirkby Overblow (average property price £698,656)

Northamptonshire: Brampton Chapel Church (average property price £681,450)

Northumberland: Warkworth (average property price £289,459)

Nottinghamshire: Colston Bassett (average property price £786,955)

Oxfordshire: Harpsden (average property price £1,307,182)

Pembrokeshire: Newgale and Roch (average property price £219,555)

Perthshire: Strathtay (median property price £287,476)

Ruthland: Burley (average property price £737,762)

Shropshire: Cound (average property price £454,587)

Somerset: Wellow (average property price £954,993)

South Yorkshire: Cawthorne (average property price £512,288)

Staffordshire: Shenstone (average property price £575,613)

Stirling and Falkirk: Killearn (average property price £315,927)

Suffolk: Walberswick (average property price £832,131)

Surrey: Shackleford (average property price £1,161,183)

Tyne & Wear: Dinnington (average property price £210,671)

Warwickshire: Whichford (average property price £901,115)

West Glamorgan: Oxwich (average property price £309,519)

West Midlands: Barston (average property price £571,202)

West Sussex: The Lurgashall, Lodsworth and Lickfold Triangle (average property price £1,055,250)

West Yorkshire: Scarcroft (average property price £630,325)

Wiltshire: Avebury (average property price £422,413)

Worcestershire: Ombersley (average property price £435,943)

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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