Meolse, Great

MEOLSE, GREAT, a township, in the parish of West Kirby, union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall, S. division of the county of Chester; containing 172 inhabitants. This place was granted to Robert de Rodelent, and was held by him at the Domesday survey. A family which settled here at a subsequent period assumed the local name, and continued to hold the manor as capital lords until nearly the close of the 17th century: it then passed by the bequest of Anne, their last heiress, to Charles Hough, a minor; and afterwards, through his issue, to Mr. John Ramsbottom, of Liverpool. The Stanleys of Alderley, and the Stanleys of Hooton, are now sole owners of the township. It comprises 750 acres. A part of it, which fronts the Irish Sea for upwards of two miles, consists of a narrow slip of sandhills, protected in some instances by embankments from the inundations of the sea: as it approaches Hoose, the slip widens, and becomes connected with that township.—See Hoose.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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