The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"MELLING, (or Melling-cum-Cunscough), a township in the parish of Halsall, hundred of West Derby, county Lancaster, 7 miles N.E. of Liverpool, its post town, and 6 S.W. of Ormskirk. The township, which is wholly agricultural, is situated on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. There are quarries of building stone. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £120, in the patronage of the Rector of Halsall. The church was rebuilt in 1834; and is dedicated to St. Mary. The parochial charities produce about £28 per annum, of which £25 goes to the National school for both sexes. There is also a Roman Catholic school. The tithes were commuted in 1837 for £505.