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, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (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.