High Roding

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High Roding
'The Black Lion' inn, High Roding, Essex - geograph.org.uk - 155738.jpg
The Black Lion Inn, High Roding
Grid reference: TL603173
Location: 51°49’41"N, 0°19’28"E
Population: 471  (2011[1])
Post town: Dumnow
Postcode: CM6
Dialling code: 01279
Local Government
Council: Uttlesford

High 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. High Roding is nine 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 'High Roinges' recorded in 1224. The 'High' refers to the family or followers of a man called 'Hroth', an Old English person name plus '-ingas'.[2] High Roding itself is not listed in the Domesday survey.

Traditional alternative names for the parish and village include High Roothing and High Rooding, although the parish was contemporaneously referred to with the 'Roding' suffix in trade directories, gazetteers, and in official documents and maps.[3][4][5][6][7] Today the official parish name is 'High Roding'.[8]

In the reign of Edward the Confessor, Leofrin gave High Roding manor to a monastery in the Isle of Ely. The parish church of All Saints was restored in 1855 at a cost of nearly £1,000. The church register dates to 1538. The 1882 parish living of a rectory, residence and 24 acres of glebe was in the gift of John Strange Jocelyn, 5th Earl of Roden who was also the Lord of the Manor and the principal landowner until 1897. By 1902 the living was in the gift of the 6th Earl of Roden, with the Countess of Roden as Lady of the Manor and principal landowner. In 1914 the living was in the gift of the Countess of Roden, who was still the Lady of the Manor but not a principal landowner. There was a Parochial school for boys and girls, built for 86 children in 1861, with an average attendance of 64. By 1914 the school was under the control of the Essex Education (Dunmow District) Sub-Committees.[9]

Population in 1881 was 447; in 1891 was 446; in 1901 was 399; and in 1911 was 414. Crops grown at the time were chiefly wheat, barley and beans, on a heavy soil with a clay subsoil.[9]


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=794686&c=high+r&d=16&e=15&g=447294&i=1001x1003x1004&o=1&m=0&r=1&s=1323024216819&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p.392. ISBN 019960908X
  3. Luckombe, Philip, England's Gazetteer, or An Accurate Description of all the Cities, Town, and Villages of the Kingdom] (1751), vol 2. Reference to parish as 'Roding-High' in 1751
  4. Cromwell, T. K. Excursions in Essex (1818), vol 1.
  5. The London Gazette 26 November 1845
  6. James, Major-General, Sir Henry; Book Reference to the Plan of the Parish of High Roding (Hundred of Dunmow)] (1874), Ordnance Survey of England, Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Official reference to parish as 'Roding' in 1874
  7. "Sheet 032." Map of Essex. Southampton: Ordnance Survey, 1872-1890. British History Online. Web. 13 February 2018. [1]
  8. "High Roding", Uttlesford District Council. Retrieved 13 February 2018
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kelly's Directory of Essex 1882 pp.245-247 / 1894 pp.285-288 / 1902 pp.339-341 / 1914 pp.477-480

Outside links

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  • "High Roding" An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 2, Central and South west. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921. 133-136. British History Online. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  • "High Roding", Uttlesford District Council. Retrieved 9 February 2018
  • High Roding Parish Council. Retrieved 9 February 2018