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A guided tour of ‘The Monastery’ at Shutlanger has been arranged to start at 2pm. This gives members an opportunity to enjoy lunch at the recently re-furbished Plough Inn, which is almost opposite (booking recommended). In fact The Monastery was not a monastery but a 14th century hall house which was the home of the Parles family.  Although there have been 17th century and later alterations and additions ‘the general air of the house is still very medieval’ (The Buildings of England, Northamptonshire). Members will also be able to see the owner’s stained glass workshop. 




The familiar sight of Hanslope Church spire surmounts the tower which is only open for one weekend each year giving stunning views of the surrounding countryside. A guided tour around the village has been arranged with a member of the Hanslope Historical Society. We hope that teas will be available in the Church, where there will be an opportunity to go up the tower.



BOOKING: Visits may be restricted initially to members and spouses/guests.  A charge per visit of £2 (member), £3 (non-member), 50p (non-member’s child up to 16) will be made at the time of booking.  There is no charge for members’ children up to 16. Booking forms are available from any Committee Member and should be returned with your payment to any Committee Member or at the AGM on May 27th at the latest.

  - help needed!
"Projects" are an important part of our activities and we welcome help with these.
Please see our current list of ongoing and future projects for more information.


Royal Canadian Air Force

Roade Local History Society has installed a small memorial to commemorate six Canadian airmen who lost their lives when their Wellington bomber was struck by lightning over Roade 70 years ago.

We are pleased to announce our

programme of events for 2014-2015.


We were very pleased to see so many people enjoying the Roade in 1911 exhibition. Many thanks for all the positive comments written in the visitors' book.
If anyone would like to comment further, please email


Roade in 1911 details.

Full Circle - connecting people with the screen heritage of the Midlands.

Tucked away in boxes in attics and sheds, cupboards and garages are the filmed records of families and communities which are a uniquely important window into our local and community history.
The Media Archives for Central England (MACE), the regional moving image archive for the East and West Midlands, is seeking 60 partner organisations to look for this valuable material in their own communities as part of a project to find and uncover the hidden filmed heritage of the midlands.
The project will provide new copies of film for depositors and for community use in local schools, community archives and local collections.
It will ensure the long term preservation of the materials found so that it can go on being used by future generations. Roade Local History Society has received several films that qualify for free copying for the owners. We will be holding a film show in the New Year, but meantime would welcome talking to anyone who has potentially suitable films that they may no longer be able to view and would like converted to DVD.  This covers films of such things as public events, shows, gatherings, scenes, etc in Northamptonshire, but does not include films of holidays or family.

If anyone has film that should be preserved or you would like copying to DVD, please contact our Secretary (see the Contacts page).

The launch, in September 2009, of our publication ‘Roade Through the Camera’ was very successful and currently over 900 books have been sold. Copies can be purchased in the village at T & H Newsagents in the High Street or by post – please see our Publications page for further details.
We are building a comprehensive archive of photographs and documents about Roade for research and publication. To date we have produced 'Roade Roll of Honour’, ‘Roade Through The Camera’ and 'Roade Village Scrapbook 1953'.
We also have a library of back issues of various local history magazines and publications available on loan to members.

We have been organising events related to local history since May 2005. These normally cover Roade and its environs and sometimes the wider county. A feature of events has been 'Sons and Daughters of the Village": presentations by residents, past and present, who have created  history in their lifetime or have interesting reminiscences about their life in Roade.

Events take place every month (except August) and start at 7.30pm in St Mary"s Church Hall, unless otherwise stated. Non-members are very welcome. Entry is £3.00 per person for non-members or £2.00 for members and refreshments are available.

For details of our next event, please see What's On or Roade News or the Notice Boards around Roade.