Melling in Lonsdale


MELLING, a village, a township, and a parish in the district and county of Lancaster. The village stands near the Furness and Midland railway, 2 miles NNE of Hornby; and has a r. station. The township bears the name of Melling and Wrayton, and comprises 1,120 acres. Real property, £1,618. Pop., 169. Houses, 35. The parish contains also the township of Hornby, which has a post office under Lancaster, and the townships of Farleton, Roeburndale, Wennington, Wray-with-Botton, and Arkholme-with-Cawood. Acres, 23,474. Real property, £18,046; of which £40 are in mines, and £60 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2,204; in 1861, 2,013. Houses, 393. The property is subdivided. Much of the land, with Hornby Castle, belongs to John Foster, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £145. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is early perpendicular English; includes a chantry at the E end of the S aisle; has ten stained-glass windows; and was repaired in 1855. The chapelries of Hornby, Arkholme, and Wray are separate benefices. Chapels for Wesleyans and United Free Methodists are in Wray; a Roman Catholic chapel is in Hornby; and a slightly endowed school and charities £67 are in Melling.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"MELLING, a parish and township in the hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 11 miles N.E. of Lancaster, its post town, and 2 from Hornby. The parish, which is extensive, is situated between the rivers Lune and Wenning, and comprises the townships of Arkholme-with-Cawood, Farleton, Hornby, Melling-with-Wrayton, Roeburndale, Wennington, and Wray-with-Botton. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester, veil. £135. The parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient stone structure, with a tower containing six bells. There are several stained windows. In addition to the parish church are the following district churches, viz: at Arkholme, Hornby, and Wray, the livings of which are all perpetual curacies, varying in value from £92 to £59. The register dates from 1627. The parochial charities produce about £73 per annum, of which £6 goes to Gillison's school."

"WRAYTON, a township in the parish of Melling, county Lancaster, 11 miles N.E. of Lancaster, and 1½ mile from Hornby railway station. It is situated near the river Lune, and is joined to Melling to form a township."

"WRATTON, (or Wrayton), a township in the parish of Melling, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 5 miles S. of Kirkby-Lonsdale. It includes the hamlet of Melling."


Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Melling contained the townships of Melling with Wrayton, Wennington, Arkholme with Cawood, Hornby, Farleton, Roeburndale and Wray with Botton.




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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Melling in Lonsdale was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.



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