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"MEOLSE (LITTLE), a township in the parish of WEST-KIRBY, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 10 miles (N. W. by N.) from Great Neston, containing 131 inhabitants. This has lately risen into repute as a bathing-place. In 1690, the Duke of Schomberg encamped with his army at a place called the Mells, near Hyle lake, in this township, previously to his embarkation for Ireland." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Little Meols (or Little Meolse) was a township in West Kirby ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2188), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1894 to become part of Hoylake cum West Kirby.
  • It included the town of Hoylake.
  • The population was 123 in 1801, 170 in 1851, and 2850 in 1901.

For the period after 1894, see Hoylake cum West Kirby.


Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-94)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-94)

Description and Travel

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Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-91)
  • West Kirby & Hoylake Urban Sanitary District (1891-94)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Wirral (1836-94)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-94)