1822 - Somersetshire delineated by Christopher & John Greenwood
A parish in the hundred of Frome, 5 miles N. N. E. from Frome ; containing 232 inhabited houses, and 257 families, 42 of whom are employed in agriculture, 213 in trade, manufacture, or handicraft, and 2 not comprised in either class. Road was formerly a large market-town, the charter for which was obtained by Laurence de St. Maur, from Edward the First; it has no market at present, but is a very considerable village, and the population has increased nearly one-fourth within the last ten years, in consequence of the improved state of the very handsome houses in the neighbourhood. The river Frome woollen manufacture, the proprietors of which have built some runs through the parish, turning several mills in its course; a fair is held here on the Monday after August i29th. The church is situated nearly half a mile from the village ; it is dedicated to St. Lawrence, and consists of a nave, chancel, and side aisles, with a tower at the west end containing six bells. The living is a rectory, in the deanery of Frome, and is consolidated with Woolvington; Rev. Charles Glossop, incumbent; instituted 1812. Population, 1801, 927 — 1811, 957 — 1821, 1217.
1929 - Somerset by George Woosung Wade & Joseph Henry Wade
Road, a village on the borders of Wiltshire, 4 m. N.N.E. from Frome. The church has a heavy embattled tower, from the top of which Charles II. is said to have reconnoitred the surrounding country after his hurried flight from Worcester. The interior is disappointing. There is an empty canopied recess in the S. aisle, and a piscina in the chancel.
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