Please forward this error screen to 69. England, situated just a few hundred yards south-west of the town centre. The name “Wigan Pier” has humorous or ironic connotations since it conjures an image of a seaside pleasure pier, whereas Wigan is in fact an the road to wigan pier by george orwell pdf and traditionally industrial town. A telling of the origin of what really was ‘Wigan Pier’ goes that in 1891, an excursion train to Southport got delayed on the outskirts of Wigan not long after leaving Wallgate Station.
This gantry was quite a structure, as it had to span the Douglas valley, crossing the river, the canal and the main rail line to Southport. As the delayed train waited for the signals to change, one of the travellers remarked “where the b hell are we? George died in February 1921, and with the demise of the collieries in the area, the gantry had long passed out of existence. The tippler became the favoured location when people subsequently wanted to see it.
Indeed, he has only one fault to find with it, and that is in respect of the celebrated Wigan Pier, which he had set his heart on seeing. Wigan Pier had been demolished, and even the spot where it used to stand is no longer certain. Some have embraced the Orwellian link, as it has provided the area with a modest tourist base over the years. It seems funny to celebrate Orwell for highlighting all our bad points, but Wigan wouldn’t be anywhere near as famous without him,” said the Wigan Pier Experience’s manager, Carole Tyldesley.
In the end George Orwell has proved to be a strong marketing tool. Others regard this connection as disappointing, considering it an insinuation that Wigan is no better now than it was at the time of Orwell’s writing. I remember a winter afternoon in the dreadful environs of Wigan. All round was the lunar landscape of slag-heaps, and to the north, through the passes, as it were, between the mountains of slag, you could see the factory chimneys sending out their plumes of smoke. Today, the slag heaps have been removed or landscaped with trees, the factories are closed or converted to housing, and the canal is only used for recreational boating and fishing.