Melling-with-Wrayton is a civil parish in the City of Lancaster in the English county of Lancashire. It includes the village of Melling and the hamlet of Wrayton looking west and north over the Lune Valley with higher land on the eastern side.
We are close to the Cumbrian and Yorkshire borders and benefit from proximity to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The A683 runs through the centre of Melling affording good links to the M6 and Lancaster in the south and Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal in the north.
We are a small parish (299 residents in the 2011 census) and we have a strong sense of community with a wide variety of events and activities taking place through our school, our church and in the newly refurbished Melling Village Hall
Geographical and Architectural Features
Melling forms part of a cluster of sites along the Lune Valley which the densest distribution of Norman castles outside of the Welsh border countryside. Each has evidence of a motte, as with Arkholme and Whittington, but Melling has no surviving bailey.
On the edge of the first terrace 6m above the flood plain, and within St Wilfrid’s vicarage garden, the motte at Melling is located centrally in the village, some distance from the present course of the river. The mound has been damaged by landscaping activities, but former channels of the varied course of the Lune can still be detected on the Melling side
of the plain.
Locally attributed as, 'The Cathedral of the Lune Valley', St Wilfrid’s parish church appears to have originally formed the manorial chapel within the, now missing, castle bailey.
Visit our St Wilfrid's Church page to learn more about the church
Until 1952, Melling railway station was served by the Furness and Midland Joint Railway. The line continues in use for through traffic, although stopping trains ended on the branch in 1960. To the south-east, a tunnel takes the line to Wennington, where it connects to the Midland Railway; in the opposite direction, the next station was Arkholme. The line is now used by trains travelling between Morecambe/Lancaster and Leeds, as the Midland Railway between Lancaster and Wennington closed in 1966.
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