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Melling's Ince-in-Makerfield   Views: 1262
Mr & Mrs William Melling   Comments: 14
Photo: Ann Miller   Item #: 29568  
Mr & Mrs William Melling
  William Melling & Wife (name unknown)
Moss Hall Farm (Melling's Farm) Ince

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Comments by winnie, 19th July 2017  
Marriage: 20 Dec 1894 St Catharine, Wigan, Lancashire, England
William Melling - 24, Collier, Bachelor, Parish of Haigh
Elizabeth Townshend - 20, Spinster, 14 Lymm Street
Groom's Father: Thomas Melling, Iron-turner
Bride's Father: Thomas Townshend, Carpenter
Witness: Thomas Ince; Clara Townshend
Married by Banns by: F. W. Boumphrey Curate

Comments by winnie, 19th July 2017  
Name William Melling
Age in 1911 39
Estimated Birth Year abt 1872
Relation to Head Head
Gender Male
Birth Place Wigan, Lancashire, England
Civil parish Ince in Makerfield
Search Photos Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, England
County/Island Lancashire
Country England
Street Address Moss Hall Farm Amberswood Common Ince Nr Wigan Lancashire
Marital Status Married
Occupation Farmer
Registration district Wigan
Registration District Number 458
Sub-registration district Hindley
ED, institution, or vessel 40
Piece 23055
Household Members
Name Age
William Melling 39
Elizabeth Melling 37
John Mellin 15
Thomas Mellin 14
Harry Mellin 13
Lucy Mellin 11
William Mellin 8
Annie Mellin 5

Comments by irene roberts, 19th July 2017  
I used to go for walks with my parents past Melling's Farm on Sunday afternoons in the fifties when I was very small. Nearby was Melling's Flash where there were always men fishing. Incers of a certain age will recall The Three Bridges, which led to The Moss,(where there was an Echo....magical to a little girl), past the Devil's Tunnel to The White Gates and "Th'owd Arm" which was part of the canal. There was a pond of water somewhere near The Devil's Tunnel where the local lads used to swim but I'm blowed if I can remember what it was called. I've no doubt someone on here will remember.

Comments by Albert., 19th July 2017  
Ann. The two farms. One near to Spring View School, and one over towards Higher Ince Park. I'm not sure if they were separate farms, they each had their own farm houses. I know they were both known as Melling's Farms. I went to school with one of the sons, from the farm nearest to the school. Every time I smell hawthorn blossom, I am transported back to the pathway that continued on after the farm to a hill, locally referred to as "The big hill" The pathway had a long hedge way, of hawthorn. Is the farm nearest to the school, a preserved building. (listed)?.

Comments by irene roberts, 19th July 2017  
Albert, my Mam always called the farm at the Spring View end, "Bushell's, (or maybe Bush-hill's) Farm".

Comments by Ann Miller, 19th July 2017  
Thanks Albert
I have a few more photo's I will upload of the members of the Melling family. My grandparents James & Harriet Miller (both born 1881) lived a 2 Common Nook and were very close friends with the Melling's. My grandparents had a small barn and I remember skates hung in there, my dad told of his parents going skating on Mellings Flash with their friends.

Comments by Ann Miller, 19th July 2017  
Sorry Albert I didn't answer your question. I have no information on either farm building

Comments by Albert., 20th July 2017  
Ann/Irene. The boy I mentioned, his name is/was Eric Melling. He was at school with me, Spring View Secondary Boys', 1945/49.
Irene. The three bridges that you mentioned, were they the ones, where one bridge, for people to use, went over the L.N.E.R. line, and then the line went over a manmade embankment, through a flash, (Lake) and went on towards Hindley. Another of the bridges carried the coal wagons across, from Bickershaw, and Abram collieries, over the mentioned railway line. The other one, the cows used, to and from the fields. Open cast mining, in the late fifties, and early sixties, spoiled the whole area. I suppose the whole scene is quite different now. I remember the Devil's Tunnel, didn't the path go on towards Amberswood?. I remember the flash, never knew its name. It was very deep, even from the edge.

Comments by Albert., 20th July 2017  
Ann. Album (Schools) Eric Melling is shown on the Spring View School photograph, no 13820. He is fifth from the left, middle row.

Comments by Elizabeth, 20th July 2017  
I remember Melling's Farm very well, I can remember going one Christmas with my mum and dad, and it seemed especially magical.. It was alway's known locally as Melling's Farm, although on maps and officially named Moss Hall Farm.It was a popular walkdown there in the 1950's.

Comments by Ann Miller, 20th July 2017  
Albert yes the Devil's tunnel did go to Amerswood. As I mentioned before my grandparents live on Common Nook. We lived in Once Green Lane and my brother would take me down the lane, into what is now Pine Wood Crescent and under the railway bridge left along the embankment left through devil's tunnel and up to their house.

Comments by irene roberts, 21st July 2017  
Albert, I am hazy about railway lines, I'm afraid! I just remember the three bridges and I know trains ran along there....when we as children were on the swings in Ince Park, we saw the trains from the OTHER side of the embankment rather than the Melling's Farm side and the trains to Manchester still go that way, but the Three Bridges are long gone. I too recall going through the Viaducts area of Ince, (now Pinewood Crescent, but then Raven Street and Farmer Street), under the bridge and through the White Gates.

Comments by Albert., 21st July 2017  
Travelled that route many a time Irene, going to my grandma's. She lived in Raven Street,next to the Woodwards. When you refer to the white gates, were they the ones where you crossed the railway line, that led to the wagon works?. Ince forge was across the field. The coal wagon trains, from the pits I mentioned, used to couple up to the main line trains, near to Higher Ince Station. (L.M.S.).

Comments by irene roberts, 21st July 2017  
That's right, Albert.

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