Melling folk will know that this lovely lych gate to St. Thomas & The Holy Rood Church on Melling Rock was attacked and burned by vandals last year. I watched the craftsmen repairing it last June:-
I also blogged about lych gates and their history a while back (Jan’ 2017) and here’s link back to that posting should you want to know more about them:-
Looking at the new oak wood repairs a few days ago brought home to me the craftsmanship of the past which is still alive today.
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Up on Melling Rock at the side of the Bootle Arms Pub is small meadow and wild flower field called the The Delph that is looked after by Melling Parish Council. When the wild flowers are out it looks delightful.
The site has been a sandstone quarry, riffle range and landfill site in the past.
Some years ago when I was leader of Sefton Council I was given a pamphlet-type book written by Irene Birch about her mother Bertha (Mattocks) Birch called A Melling Lassie “Pottery Days” Melling’s Scottish Heritage. In it on the title page is an photo of ‘The Old Melling Delph’ – a different old black and white photo from the one on the entrance board to The Delph above.
Of course that very same area of what is known as Melling Rock was also once known for Melling Pottery – there was even a Melling Pottery Band.
Anyway enough of my rambles why not take a short ramble yourself through The Delph when the wild flower meadow is in bloom next summer, you won’t be disappointed I hope.