Aythorpe Roding windmill
Aythorpe 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. Aythorpe Roding is nine miles north-west of the county town of Chelmsford.
Aythorpe Roding has a village hall and a cricket club.
According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, Roding derives from "Rodinges" as is listed in the Domesday Book, with the later variation 'Roeng Aytrop' recorded in 1248. The 'Aytrop' refers to the manorial possession by a man called 'Aitrop' held under the ownership of the Abbess of Barking.
In 1848 and 1882 the parish and village was known as Aythrop Roothing. The registers of the church of St Mary the Virgin date to 1559. The parish living was a rectory with a parsonage, a small brick building, with 20 acres of glebe. In 1848 the living was in the gift of the rector of Stondon Massey. The Lord of the Manor lived at Aythrop Roothing Hall. There were six principal landowners, including Gobert's Charity which owned the small Keeres Manor in the parish.
Population in 1841 was 285, and in 1881, 237. Crops grown at the time were chiefly wheat, barley and beans, on a heavy soil with a clay subsoil. Parish occupations in 1848 included nine farmers, a beer retailer, a shopkeeper and a blacksmith. By 1882 the number of farmers included had reduced to five, with one being a landowner, the licensee of The Carpenters' Arms public house, a grocer & draper, the miller at the windmill, and a blacksmith.
- "Civil Parish population". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11120274&c=CM6+1PQ&d=16&e=62&g=6426472&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1443433334719&enc=1. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.392. ISBN 019960908X
- White's Directory of Essex 1848
- Kelly's Directory of Essex 1882 pp.245-247
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