Rode Somerset Family History Guide

Rode is an Ancient Parish in the county of Somerset. 

Alternative names: Road

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1587
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Particular Baptist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Woolverton
  • North Bradley Christ Church
  • Beckington with Standerwick
  • Lullington
  • North Bradley
  • Tellisford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROAD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Frome district, Somerset. The village stands on the river Frome, at the boundary with Wilts, 4 miles NNE of Frome r. station; extends, beyond the boundary, into Wilts; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Bath, a temperance hall, a mechanics' institute, and a large cheese fair on the Monday after 9 Sept. The parish comprises 928 acres. Rated property, £2,446. Pop., 663. Houses, 171. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belongs to Mrs. Jones. Merfield House is the seat of H. B. Pooll, Esq. Extensive woollen dye-works are at Shawford. The-living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Woolverton, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £650. Patron, J. B. Starky, Esq. The church was built about the beginning of the15th century; and has a tower, with a railed battlement in one corner, called the King's Chair, and traditionally said to have been mounted by Charles II. for reconnoitering after the battle of Worcester. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, and a national school. The sub-district contains also ten other parishes and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 11,348. Pop., 3,573. Houses, 838.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


County: Somerset
Civil Registration District: Frome
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Wells
Diocese: Bath and Wells
Rural Deanery: Frome
Poor Law Union: Frome
Hundred: Frome
Province: Canterbury