Municipal Borough of Leigh

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Leigh
Area
 • 1911 6,359 acres
 • 1961 6,359 acres
Population
 • 1901 40,001
 • 1971 46,188
History
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1974
 • Succeeded by Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
Status Urban district (until 1899)
Municipal borough (after 1899)
Arms of the former municipal borough

The Municipal Borough of Leigh was, from 1899 to 1974, a local government district of the administrative county of Lancashire, England,[1] consisting of the townships of Pennington, Westleigh, Bedford and part of the township of Atherton and named after the ancient ecclesiastcal parish. The area contained the market town of Leigh that served as its administrative centre until its dissolution in 1974. The borough council built Leigh Town Hall which was completed in 1907.

In 1875 Leigh Local Board of Health was formed comprising the areas Bedford, Pennington and Westleigh, members of the Leigh Poor Law Union.[2][3] It was created an urban district in 1894 by the Local Government Act 1894 and was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1899. It was affected by a minor boundary change with Golborne Urban District in 1969 which affected no population.[4]

In 1974 the borough was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and its former area transferred to Greater Manchester to be combined with others to form the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan.

From 1894 to 1933, Leigh Rural District located (in two fragments) either side of the district, comprised the civil parishes of Astley, Culcheth, Kenyon and Lowton. The rural district was abolished in 1933 under a County Review Order.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS Project (2004), "Leigh UD/MB through time. Census tables with data for the Local Government District", A vision of Britain through time, University of Portsmouth 
  2. ^ Greater Manchester Gazetteer, Greater Manchester County Record Office, Places names - I to L, archived from the original on 18 July 2011, retrieved 3 April 2010 
  3. ^ Leigh, workhouses.org.uk, retrieved 3 April 2010 
  4. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS Project (2004), "Leigh UD/MB through time. Census tables with data for the Local Government District", A vision of Britain through time, University of Portsmouth 
  5. ^ Vision of Britain - Leigh RD boundaries[dead link]

Coordinates: 53°30′N 2°31′W / 53.50°N 2.52°W / 53.50; -2.52