The original "pier" was a coal loading staithe, probably a wooden jetty, where wagons from a nearby colliery were unloaded into barges. The name was also brought to popular attention by George Formby Senior in the Music Halls of the early twentieth century.
In the 1980s, the canal warehouses were restored and put into use as a museum, exhibition hall and pub. The nearby Trencherfield Mill was incorporated into the "Wigan Pier Experience", with a waterbus linking it to the main site but this has now closed..
Which thus begs the question. What has Stagecoach bought for 12 million pounds? How many of the former Corporation bus routes remain in the hands of its successor, First?