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Richard Melling (Manchester)

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of Coupland Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester

This entry covers the coach and carriage-building business of Richard Melling Sr. and Richard Melling Jr.

Coach builders

1829 James Campbell, Coach Maker, passed his business on to William Hirst Beeston and Richard Melling who has been his assistant for 27 years.[1]

1836 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership heretofore, subsisting between us the undersigned, William Hirst Beeston and Richard Melling, carrying on business together in Copartnership, as Coach-Builders, in Tib-Street and Water-Street, in Manchester, in the County of Lancaster, was dissolved on the 24th day of June instant, by mutual consent...'[2]

1836 Advert: 'COACH BUILDERS.— RICHARD MELLING & CO., late partner in the firm of "Beeston Melling," of Manchester Coach Builders, takes the present opportunity of tendering his acknowledgments to those numerous friends who have hitherto honoured him with their support, and requesting continuance of their favours, begs leave at the same time inform the nobility and gentry of Manchester and the neighbourhood, and the public at large that since the dissolution of the late partnership, arrangements have been entered into for carrying on the business on an extensive scale, large and commodious premises lately erected for the purpose, and situate in Copeland-strect, Greenheys, Chorlton-upon-Medlock. The new concern is now carried on under the name of "Melling and Co." The premises are of sufficient extent to allow of all the various branches of the trade being carried on under the same roof. A large lock-up coach house has been provided, and stable for accommodation of horses in waiting. An extensive assortment of well-seasoned ash, mahogany, and other timber has been laid in, and arrangements made for a regular supply from the metropolis of new and fashionable drawings.
No expense having been spared to render the premiss in every way complete, and first rate workmen in all the various branches in the trade having already been engaged, Melling and Co. feel justified in promising a speedy and satisfactory completion of all orders with which they may be favoured.
Copeland-street, near Eagle-street, Chorlton-upon-Medlock [3]

1838 Partnership dissolved: Richard Melling and Alexander Butler Rowley, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Lancashire, coach-builders.[4]

1840 Bankrupts: Richard and John Melling, Chorlton, Lancashire, coach-makers.[5]

1849 A number of new and secondhand carriages advertised for sale at Richard Melling's Repository in Coupland Street, Greenheys.[6]

1856 Advert 'TO BE LET - all those Extensive and very Substantially built PREMISES, lately used by Mr Richard Melling, as a coach manufactory, and situate in Coupland-street, Oxford Road. One of the rooms is 100 feet long by 45 feet wide and very lofty ; several others are large, and could be arranged so as to suit the business of a joiner and builder, contractor, an engraver, &c. or any other requiring room and good lights. There is also a large yard.— Apply to KEIGHLEY, LEA, and THOMPSON, 15, Dickinson-street, Manchester.'[7]


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 21 March 1829
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:1 July 1836 Issue:19396 Page:1210
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 3 September 1836
  4. Planet - Sunday 16 December 1838
  5. Berkshire Chronicle - Saturday 12 December 1840
  6. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 31 March 1849
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 12 January 1856