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Lode Mill
Grid reference: TL529626
Location: 52°14’24"N, 0°14’24"E
Population: 913  (2011)
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB25
Dialling code: 01223
Local Government

Lode is a small village in Cambridgeshire on the southern edge of the Fens. It lies just north of the B1102 between Quy and Swaffham Bulbeck, 8 miles to the northeast of Cambridge.

The village's name comes from Bottisham Lode, at the end of which it grew up. The lode is one of the Cambridgeshire lodes which cross the old fenland to the River Cam. A lode is an artificial water channel used to drain the Fens, thought to be of Roman origin.

Lode also has the smaller hamlet of Long Meadow as part of the parish to the east along the B1102.

Lode is a comparatively new parish, having been separated from Bottisham in the nineteenth century.[1] Its church has been keenly sought out as an enthusiastic evangelical church drawing a congregation from far and wide.

Anglesey Abbey

Main article: Anglesey Abbey

Lode is best known as the location of Anglesey Abbey, the home of the Fairhaven Family and now owned by the National Trust.

The 1st Lord Fairhaven was responsible for the unique new gardens he created in the grounds of the estate, once a 12th-century Abbey, now a grand house.

Lode's also famous for its restored Watermill aptly named, Lode Mill, also now part of the Anglesey Abbey House and Gardens and open to the public.


Parish church of St James

In the 19th century, Anglesey Abbey was owned and occupied by Reverend Hailstone who was also vicar of Bottisham. Convinced that Lode merited its own church, he built the present church of St James, which was dedicated in 1853. The Hailstone family provided a vicar for the following 80 years.[2]

Village life

Children initially attend Bottisham Community Primary school and usually then go on to Bottisham Village College. After this they can go on to one of the many Further Education Sixth form colleges, located in the nearby local City of Cambridge.


Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Lode)


  1. Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, 1929
  2. "St James, Lode". http://www.achurchnearyou.com/lode-st-james/.