Road, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Frome, at the boundary with Wilts, 4 miles NNE of Frome station on the G.W.R. It extends beyond the boundary into Wilts, was once a market-town, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath; a handsome public hall, a mechanics' institute, and a pleasure fair on the Monday after 9 Sept. The parish comprises 919 acres; population of the civil parish, 470; of the ecclesiastical, 614. There is a parish council consisting of six members. Road Manor and Merfield House are the chief residences. There is a steam laundry at Shawford. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Woolverton, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £340 with residence. The church was built about the beginning of the 15th 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 reconnoitring after the battle of Worcester; the building was enlarged and restored in 1874. There are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Road St. Lawrence|
|Poor Law union||Frome|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Road from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Road (St. Lawrence))
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.