Leaden Roding

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Leaden Roding
Church of St Michael, Leaden Roding, Essex, England - from south-west.jpg
St Michael's Church, Leaden Roding
Grid reference: TL594133
Location: 51°47’46"N, 0°18’40"E
Post town: Dumnow
Postcode: CM6
Dialling code: 01279
Local Government
Council: Uttlesford
Saffron Walden

Leaden Roding is a village and parish in the Dunmow hundred of Essex. The village is included in the eight hamlets and villages called The Rodings. Leaden Roding is eight miles north-west of the county town of Chelmsford.


According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, Roding derives from "Rodinges" as is listed in the Domesday Book, with the later variation 'Ledeineroing' recorded in 1248. The 'Leaden' refers to the lead roof of the parish church.[1] Leaden Roding itself is not listed in the Domesday survey. However, William the Conqueror seized The Rodings from Ely after defeating rebels in the Isle of Ely. He gave Leaden-Roding to Geoffrey de Mandeville. The manor was then transferred to William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey. The manor church, called Leaden-Church and its advowson was given by William de Warenne to Castle Acre, his Cluniac priory that he founded in in Norfolk in 1090. Castle Acre held Leaden Roding advowson until the Suppression of the Monasteries, when it was given to Henry Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Essex, and next through his daughter Anne Bourchier's marriage, to William Parr, 1st Marquess of Northampton, who then became the Earl of Essex in its seventh creation (1543). The advowson was then transferred to the Luther family, who were still in possession in 1738. Other land in Leaden Roding belonged to Colne Priory, which was given by Henry VIII to his favourite, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.[2]

Traditional alternative names for the parish and village include Leaden Roothing, Leaden Rooding, Roding Plumb, Rooding Plumboa, and Roding Plumbea, although the parish was contemporaneously referred to with the 'Roding' suffix in trade directories, gazetteers, sources, and in official documents and maps.[2][3][4][5][6] Today the official parish name is 'Leaden Roding'.[7]

During the 13th-century reign of Henry III, the manor was held by Hugh Blount of the Earl of Arundel family. In the 14th-century reign of Richard II, it was held by John Doreward on behalf of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. Later the manor was transferred to John Writtyll, and attached to his manor of Mascalsbury (aka Mascallesbury) in the neighbouring parish of White Roding. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, the Waldgrave family held the manor; it was conveyed to John Sherecroft during the reign of Elizabeth I.[4]

In 1848 the Lord of the Manor was Henry Trevor, Lord Dacre. The 1882 Lordship was held by Captain James Odams while the parish had three principal landowners. From 1894 to 1914, Lordship was held by the trustees of Lord Dacre. Principal landowners in 1914 included Messrs Strutt & Parker. The ecclesiastical parish living was a rectory with residence with 47 acres of glebe, in the 1848 gift and patronage of the Lord Chancellor, Charles Pepys. In 1882 the patronage fell to Roundell Palmer; in 1894 to Farrer Herschell; in 1902 to Hardinge Giffard; and in 1914 to Richard Haldane. The parish church of St Michaels and All Saints was restored in 1866 and contained 100 sittings. The parish register for baptisms and burials dates to 1572, and marriages to 1752. Listed in the 1880s was a Congregational chapel, associated with the chapels at 'Abbotts Roding' and High Easter which conducted the services at Leaden Roding.[8][9][9]

By 1848 the parish was entitled to send its children to the D'Oyley's School, at Margaret Roding. In 1882, listings included a Leaden Roding Mixed School with an average attendance of 18. Ten years later this was described as a National School for 35 boys and girls with an average attendance of 27, and after 1902, 50 children with an average attendance of 35. By 1914 the school was a Public Elementary School controlled by Essex Education (Dunmow District) Sub-Committee.[8][9]

Leaden Roding was a traditional centre for fox hunting. In their 1896 book The Essex Foxhounds, Ball and Gilbey saw Leaden Roding and the King William IV Inn as at the centre of The Rodings, with Leaden Wood (to the southeast of the village) "the most important covert in the district", and the previous property of Lord Dacre.[10]


Leaden Roding has a village hall, a cricket club,[11][12] a fire and rescue station,[13] a village store and a garage services company. The local school is Rodings Primary School.[14]


  1. Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.392. ISBN 019960908X
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cox, Thomas; Hall, Anthony; Morden, Robert (1738), "Essex" in Magna Britannia antiqua & nova: or, A new, exact, and comprehensive survey of the ancient and present state of Great Britain p.675. In 1738 using the modern usage 'Leaden Roding'
  3. Urban, Sylnanus; The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, January 1799, Vol. 69, Part 1, p.373. Reference to parish as 'Roding-Leaden' in 1799
  4. 4.0 4.1 Luckombe, Philip, England's Gazetter, or An Accurate Description of all the Cities, Town, and Villages of the Kingdom] (1751), vol 2. Reference to parish as 'Roding-Leaden' in 1751
  5. The London Gazette 26 November 1845
  6. "Sheet 042" Map of Essex. Southampton: Ordnance Survey, 1872-1890. British History Online. Web. Retrieved 15 February 2018
  7. "Town and Parish Councils: Leaden Roding", Uttlesford District Council. Retrieved 15 February 2018
  8. 8.0 8.1 Whites Directory of Essex 1848 / 1863
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Kelly's Directory of Essex 1882 pp.245-247 / 1894 pp.285-288 / 1902 pp.339-341 / 1914 pp.477-480
  10. Ball, Richard Francis; Gilbey, Tresham (1896) The Essex Foxhounds, p.23
  11. "Village Hall", Leaden Roding Parish Council. Retrieved 15 February 2018
  12. "Cricket Pitches and Tennis Courts", Uttlesford Council. Retrieved 15 February 2018
  13. "Station 88 Leaden Roding", Essex County Fire & Rescue Service. Retrieved 15 February 2018
  14. Rodings Primary School web site. Retrieved 15 February 2018

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