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With a name that originates from Anglo-saxon roots, more precisely from Maella, the family who were the first to settle in the area in around the 6th century, Melling is a small town in the Sefton borough of Merseyside. The town's parish church is home to the so-called "Headless Cross". During the years of the Industrial Revolution the imposing Leeds and Liverpool canal was constructed, passing the village of Melling on it's route, hence the village became a flourishing town through passing trade from the dockyards and industries along the coast. The town is in close proximity to Aintree, and regular fans of the Grand National will recognise the name Melling because of the point at which the race crosses the Melling road soon after the start, there is even a Melling Steeple Chase at the Grand National meeting.