The Verve's Richard Ashcroft and Waterloo Road actress Eva Pope among the most notable people born in Wigan

Musician Richard Ashcroft, rugby league star Andy Gregory and philosopher Gerrard Winstanley have been identified as some of the most notable people from Wigan.

By Gaynor Clarke
Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 12:30 pm

A new interactive map has been created by researchers at Paris University, using information scraped from Wikipedia and Wikidata, to show the birth places of some of the most notable people around the world.

There are some familiar names noted in Wigan borough, including Edmund Arrowsmith, Davey Boy Smith – aka wrestler British Bulldog – and actress Eva Pope.

But some of the people featured may not be quite as well-known to Wiganers.

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