Melling (near Liverpool), Lancashire Genealogy
Melling St Thomas and the Holy Rood was created as a chapel of ease in 1810 from, and lying within the boundaries of Halsall, Lancashire Ancient Parish. See also List of Chapelries Lying within Halsall Parish It should not be confused with the parish of Melling, Lancashire St Wilfrid in the same county.
The hamlet of Melling Mount is 1.2 miles (2 km) from the village of Melling.
Historically, a part of Lancashire, its name originates from the Anglo-Saxon roots for "The homestead of Maella", (or Malla). Lying close to Liverpool, the area was first settled by Maella's family in the 6th century. A 'Headless Cross' is located in the parish church.
The village was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Melinge.
The present church St Thomas was built in 1835, Architect J W Casson, to replace the ancient Holy Rood chapelry which was demolished in 1834.
The modern parish is part of the Maghull and melling benefice of the Ormskirk deanery in the Diocese of Liverpool (formerly Diocese of Chester.)
"MELLING, cum Cunscough, a chapelry, in the parish of Halsall, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, S. division of Lancashire, 8 miles north by northeast from Liverpool. The church, St. Thomas's, was rebuilt on a new site in 1834."
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306900.
http://www.1881pubs.com/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
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- A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 283-287. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 July 2010.