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"RODDEN, a parish in the hundred of Frome, county Somerset, 2 miles S.E. of Frome, its post town and railway station, and 116 W. of London. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the road from Frome to Warminster. The inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, and in the manufacture of kerseymeres. The soil is chiefly of a light nature upon a subsoil of clay. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £220. The church, which was erected in 1640, has a small tower containing one bell. The register dates from 1654. There is a school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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