Melling – Remember ‘The Chesterfield’?

The Chesterfield was a banqueting Suite/restaurant for want of a better description on Prescot Road in Melling, near to the junction with Cunscough Lane. The building was originally a school (St. Mary’s RC Primary School which closed in the 1970’s?) and the banqueting suite/restaurant itself closed around 2000?

The site has now been redeveloped as a large house and here’s a couple of photos of it with an appropriate plaque/datestone reflecting back to what used to be on the site.

The building as it was until the recent redevelopment – Photo Credit Rightmove

From talking to a Melling resident who lives nearby I think I have pieced together the rough history of this site. There seems to have been a link between the former school with St. Mary’s RC Church (of which more in a subsequent posting) just over the civil parish border and further along Prescot Road into Aughton. Also, the old school and indeed the restaurant/banqueting building was used as a polling station in elections until a few years ago.

But that about exhausts all the information that is readily available, unless of course anyone out there can fill in the gaps. Comments, additions and corrections gratefully received.

With thanks to Alan Thompson for his help with this posting

3 thoughts on “Melling – Remember ‘The Chesterfield’?

  1. Rob Morris says:

    I went to a wedding reception there in 2003

  2. Name says:

    The house next door was once a small care takers house for the school.And if you look at the car park closely you can still see the lines of a playground the gardens at the rear where donated to the school by the church.And I believe the plaque on the school house was donated by the church.

    • Kate Higgins says:

      Hi – I went to St Mary’s school, along with my seven brothers and sisters. It’s a shame the new house doesn’t have a plaque with the old school name as well as The Chesterfield. The Norris family lived in the caretakers house, Mrs Norris looking after the school- her children attended the school with us.

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