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Welcome to the Rode History website. This website was completely rewritten in July 2020.


The purpose of the site is to provide information relating to the history of the village of Rode in Somerset, England.


The site contains all my records, collected over a period of 20 years, from a wide range of sources. These records take many forms, from copies or transcriptions of original old documents and copies of old images, to my own summaries of the history of village buildings and local families. The records have been grouped into the eleven categories listed at the top of each page (as above), and these are further sub-divided as necessary.


To use the catalogue, click on a category of interest and then make further selections as necessary to find references about a specific subject.


If you find an error on this website, or you have any information which you would be happy to have included or linked, please contact Peter Harris on 01373 830928 or by email pjh14cl@gmail.com


Peter Harris


July 2020






'Discover Rode's Past' is the latest book on the history of Rode, a Somerset village, by resident Peter Harris published in November 2015.

A close up of a tree

Description automatically generatedA fascinating collection of meticulously referenced material traces Rode's evolution from a river crossing point for a Neolithic trackway, through Saxon settlement, Norman overlords, expansion during the centuries of trade in the woollen industry to the astonishing number of shops and pubs of yesteryear, all interwoven with accounts of the families who lived in and helped shape the village. Each chapter is illustrated by the evidence of Rode’s past that can still be seen today, and maps are provided to assist the reader in understanding the development and current layout of the village. The book contains 100 A5 pages, including appendices detailing lords of the manor, village priests and family trees of wealthier past residents.



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‘A Pictorial History of Rode - where Mr Whicher had his suspicions’ by Peter Harris, contains over 50 A4 pages with 80+ rare and old pictures arranged in the form of a walking tour around the village. The images and accompanying dialogue provide a fascinating insight into Rode’s eventful history. Included are a timeline of the village, family trees of wealthier past residents and a map outlining the walk. Only a few left.






Published by ‘The Heart of Rode’ Committee. Available at £8.95 (Discover Rode’s Past) and £6.95 (A Pictorial History of Rode) from the author tel. 01373-830928, Rode Post Office, or by mail order, + packing & postage, from Camden MSS, Barrow Farm, Rode, Frome, BA11 6PS, tel. +44(0)1373-830151, online www.camdenmin.co.uk.

All profits go to 'The Heart of Rode' appeal in support of St. Lawrence church, probably the oldest building in the village.