|Wigan Rural District|
|• 1911||11,695 acres (47.33 km2)|
|• 1961||11,695 acres (47.33 km2)|
|• Origin||Sanitary district|
|• Succeeded by||Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, West Lancashire|
The district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 as the successor to the Wigan Rural Sanitary District. It consisted of six civil parishes: Dalton, Haigh, Parbold, Shevington, Worthington and Wrightington. The parish of Haigh was an exclave, separated from the rest of the district by Standish with Langtree Urban District.
The rural district was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 in 1974. Its territory was split between the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester, and the district of West Lancashire, with the parishes of Haigh, Shevington, and Worthington going to Wigan, and the remainder going to West Lancashire district.
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