logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Folklore and Mythology
Baptist
Florida
Cosmetics
Distance Learning
Reading
Crochet


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g English Culture Site

BellaOnline's English Culture Editor

g

Pie Eaters of Wigan


A former industrial town in the North-West of England, Wigan is famous locally for a number of things - its rugby league team, Wigan Warriors, the Uncle Joe’s Mint Ball’s factory, Wigan Pier (made famous in George Orwell’s “Road to Wigan Pier”, and the legendary Wigan Casino, a must-visit venue for the Northern Soul scene in years gone-by. Wigan was even voted, in 2017, as the happiest place to live in Greater Manchester.

Perhaps, however, Wigan is best known for its people - colloquially known as “pie-eaters”.

When you think of pies, you probably think of such tasty treats as key-lime, coconut cream or that perennial favourite, apple pie. Served with ice-cream, cream or custard, we just can’t get enough of these delicious plates.

In England, however, pies are an entirely different story. Of course, we love a good fruit pie and custard as much as the next person, but you’re much more likely to find a pie bursting with chunks of steak and smothered in a rich, meaty gravy than you are to have one for dessert. And Wigan produces some fantastic pies!

For instance, Poole’s Pies of Wigan have been making and selling pies since 1847 and are widely regarded as the country’s leading pie manufacturers; a bakery in almost every shopping area means that it’s as easy to get hold of a pie on the go as it is to grab a local newspaper.

And yet, the legendary pies of Wigan have very little to do with the nickname of the locals - something that few people actually realise these days.

The moniker “pie-eaters” in fact appears to date back to the 1926 General Strike, when workers went on strike in protest at the pay and conditions for coal miners. As an area heavily reliant on the coal mining industry, the strike had a profound effect on the people of Wigan, who were the first to “break” the strike (to go back to work), as they were essentially starving. This lead to miners of the neighbouring town of Leigh (known as Leythers) to refer to Wiganers as “pie eaters”, them having, in effect, been forced to “eat humble pie” and return to work.

Today, most people seem to have forgotten the rather negative connotations of this name, and proudly embrace it, instead choosing to believe it is a nod to the superb pastry dishes that are known to come out of the town. So proud are they, that Wigan even hosts the annual World Pie Eating Contest every December!

So, while it may have an unhappy history, Pie Eaters are happy to be known as such, and if you ever get the chance to try a real Wigan pie, grab it with both hands (but gently, don’t waste that filling!).

Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Twitter Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Facebook Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to MySpace Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Del.icio.us Digg Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Yahoo My Web Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Google Bookmarks Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Stumbleupon Add Pie+Eaters+of+Wigan to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the English Culture Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2015 by Sarah V Monaghan. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sarah V Monaghan. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Sarah V Monaghan for details.

g


g features
A Visitor's Quick Guide to English Currency

Liverpool A City Divided?

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor