Roden, Shropshire

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Glasshouses at Roden
Roden is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
OS grid referenceSJ573166
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTELFORD
Postcode districtTF6
Dialling code01952
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°44′42″N 2°37′52″W / 52.745°N 2.631°W / 52.745; -2.631Coordinates: 52°44′42″N 2°37′52″W / 52.745°N 2.631°W / 52.745; -2.631

Roden[1] is a hamlet in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, six miles northeast of Shrewsbury. The little River Roden flows past the village. The population at the 2011 census can be found under High Ercall.

Roden Hall, dating in part from the 14th century, when the Lee family, lords of Berrington, were lords of the vill of Roden,[2] was rebuilt in 1868 by the Co-operative Wholesale Society as a convalescent home for millworkers from Lancashire and Yorkshire, and is now a care home,[3] in which English baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud passed his last days. White House, a Grade II listed 16th or 17th century vernacular timber framed house with whitened brick infill panel was formerly used as a post office.[4] Foundations remain of a detached medieval chapel.[5]

The hamlet is located on Roden Lane, the B5062 road, one mile southwest of High Ercall; a former toll house stands by the roadside.[6] Local transport links are provided by Arriva in the form of bus route 822 to Wellington.

There is a large garden centre at Roden, and the huge greenhouses can be clearly seen from the main road through the village. The surrounding countryside is largely flat pastureland. Possible remains of medieval ridge and furrow field pattern near the river have been detected from the air (1991).[7]

Roden had a long history of producing tomatoes, and was once covered in greenhouses owned by the Co-operative Wholesale Society, which had purchased land there in 1896, as its first farm.[8] By the 1950s some 90% of the Society's site was devoted to growing tomatoes.[9] Most of the greenhouses have now been removed.

It was also once home to one of the finest football pitches around the area[citation needed].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Or RODENHURST in The Shropshire Gazetteer, 1824.
  2. ^ Robert William Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, 1858 vol. 6, p.40f.
  3. ^ Roden Hall Care Home.
  4. ^ Discovering Shropshire: Roden
  5. ^ Discover Shropshire: Roden.
  6. ^ Discover Shropshire: Roden
  7. ^ Discover Shropshire: Roden
  8. ^ Redfern, P. The New History of the CWS, Dent, 1938, p. 356
  9. ^ The Journal of the Ministry of Agriculture, V. 64 (1957), 19

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