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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"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."
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