Roade Parish Council

Serving the people of Roade

Clerk: Alison Reynolds
PO BOX 847, Northampton
Northamptonshire NN7 9AB

Tel: 01604 861976

  • Memorial Green

    Memorial Green

  • Churchcroft in Spring

    Churchcroft in Spring

  • St Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church

  • Hogs Walk

    Hogs Walk


Here you find useful information regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19, including what to do if you need help, how you can help/volunteer and government advice.

About your Parish

Very little is known about early settlement in Roade. Archaeological evidence is sparse but some items from the prehistoric to Roman periods have been found in the parish. Roman coins and pottery were found in Roade before 1904 and in the 1920s and 30s a flint arrowhead, an Iron Age ring and a Roman bronze pin were found in the Primary School garden. The evidence indicates that there were people living in the parish from prehistoric times but it is not clear how long the site of the village has been continuously occupied.

The place name 'Rode' from the Old English word 'rod' meaning 'a clearing in a forest', indicates a settlement in a wooded area in Saxon times. Doomsday Book records a landholding for one plough occupied by two smallholder's and some woodland at Roade and a larger area of 'waste' which later became the Hyde estate.

The oldest building in Roade, St Mary's Church, dates from the early 12th century, when it was owned by the Norman lords of Hartwell and Ashton.

The earliest known maps of Roade were made for the second Duke of Grafton in the 1720s. Many of the old stone houses in the village are shown on these maps.

After the open fields were enclosed in 1819 the landscape around Roade was transformed but the village itself did not change much until the railway arrived in the 1830s bringing more jobs, houses and pubs.

The factory at the end of The Leys opened around 1910 and became Pianoforte Supplies Ltd after it was taken over by Cyril Cripps in 1923. The Cripps family and their businesses were to have a major impact on the village. The factory expanded until the workforce reached a peak of around 1,800 in the 1960s. The Cripps family became important benefactors and, although the factory has now closed, their business has prospered elsewhere and is still a major landowner in the village.

The railway station closed in 1964 but Roade remained an important service centre for the surrounding area, with a large secondary school, built in 1956.

Roade is still very much an 'open village' where numerous small businesses are based. Although many people work elsewhere, recent surveys have shown that residents enjoy living in Roade and the village has a strong sense of identity and community spirit.

Latest News

Parish Office Closed

Parish Office Closed

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:21 by Parish Clerk

Due to holidays the Parish office will be closed from 12pm on Friday 23rd October until Monday 2nd November.

If you need help with food deliveries or medication please contact Northampton County Council on 0300 126 1000 (option 5). More »

If you require URGENT help/advice please phone the Parish mobile on 07484 922868 and leave a message with your name, number and reason for calling and one of our Councillor's will return your call as soon as they can.

If you need to contact the office for anything that is not urgent please either email or telephone the office on 01604 861976 and leave a message. Alison, our Clerk will respond to your message upon her return. » Less

Coronavirus - Important information for residents

Coronavirus - Important information for residents

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 12:27 by Parish Clerk

As Covid-19 cases are rising in Roade, all residents in the village will be receiving a copy of the attached leaflet over the weekend as a reminder of measures to follow and the Covid-19 symptoms as a way of helping keep residents safe.

Changes to dates of resurfacing work outside Roade Primary School

Changes to dates of resurfacing work outside Roade Primary School

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:46 by Parish Clerk

The Parish Council have been advised that the resurfacing work to the footpaths and carriage way outside of Roade Primary School is going to be delayed slightly.

Kauto Civils have advised that Hartwell Road (outside of the school) will be closed Wednesday 28th October - Friday 30th October. A suitable diversion route will be put in place and all residents will have 24 hour access to their properties. More »

Kauto Civils hope to have the work completed on time, with minimal disruption. » Less