Roade Local History Society 


 See below for a preview of events.


 Meetings are held in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm

on the fourth Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise stated.

 An induction loop system is installed for hearing aid users

Event Entry charges:

Members:  Adults: £2.00members’ children under 16:  free

Non Members: Adults:  £3.00, non members’ children under 16:  50p


 Annual subscription: £5.00

We welcome new members throughout the year




Programme for 2018

Events at St Mary’s Church Hall, Roade, NN7 2PU unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday 28th February – 7.30 pm
Escape from Roaditz – John Dickie

Wednesday 28th March - 7.30 pm
Get ‘em down – your memoirs that is – Kate Wills

Wednesday 25th April - 7.30 pm
Cutting Remarks – Tales from the depths of Roade Railway Cutting - Chris Hillyard

Wednesday 23rd May - 7.00 pm
AGM followed by Canons Ashby: Priory, House and Family – Roy Phillips

June and July: Summer outings to be arranged (
may be restricted initially to members and spouses/guests)

Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th September - Roade Village Hall
Roade Cutting Exhibition and Celebration of 180th Anniversary of Opening London to Birmingham Railway – look out for further details

Wednesday 24th October – 7.30 pm
The Women’s Land Army in Northamptonshire during the First World War – Helen Frost

Sunday 11th November – Roade Methodist Church Hall
Roade Roll of Honour Exhibition

Wednesday 12th December – 7.30 pm
Christmas Event

Any of the above may be subject to change.

Contact 01604 864498 or 01604 862735



We also undertake a variety of research projects to uncover the history of our village and its people.

Please see RLHS Projects  for details.



Roade Local History Society is a member of:

British Association of Local History Societies

Northamptonshire Association for Local History

Milton Keynes Heritage Association

Oral History Society





Chairman: Bill Hudson
Secretary: Vivian Blyth
Treasurer: Chris Denton
Alastair Inglis

Peter Mawby

Ron Johnson

Chris Hillyard




Roade Through the Camera                   £9.50


Published by Roade Local History Society in 2009

An illustrated history of Roade, including over 500 photographs, documents and maps, designed to give a balanced view of the village and its people.  As well as describing the origins and development of the village and the impact of the railway and Pianoforte Supplies Ltd, the book gives a vivid portrayal of village life, particularly during the last 150 years.



Roade Village Scrapbook 1953             £5.00


Published by Roade Local History Society in 2012

In 1953 Roade entered a Coronation Village Scrapbook competition sponsored by the Mercury and Herald.  Roade’s entry (compiled mainly by the Women’s Institute) was a lively typed account of the village and its history, including plans and photographs.  Only a few photocopies of this could be found and the photographs were poor, so the Society published a transcript with as many of the original photographs as possible plus some additional ones and an introduction highlighting the changes which have taken place in the last 60 years.



Roade Review – a Parish Appraisal      £5.00


Published by Roade Parish Council in 1995

Produced by the Roade Appraisal Group, this includes chapters on the village’s history, churches, schools, pubs, clubs and organisations, transport and environment, housing and business and industry.  It also includes villagers’ personal memories plus maps, photographs and statistics. It ends with an article on ‘The Future of Roade – Village or Town?’, which makes interesting reading nearly 20 years on.  Only a few copies left.

Copies of books may be ordered from a Committee member or via our website   www.roadehistorysociety.org.uk/Publications.html

RLHS publications are also available from T&H Newsagents & The Cock public house