Carleton Rode is today a small rural village situated less than 16 miles south west of Norwich in Norfolk. The settlement now falls into two distinct parts: a small cluster around the church which includes a primary school, Church Farm and the old and new rectories, and a more attenuated arrangement of housing which extends for more than 0.5km along two sinuous roads (Flaxlands and King Street) intersecting at a cross-roads on the western margin of the settlement. The area to the west of the approximately north-south oriented King Street is shown on the tithe map as a large common, and this part of Carleton Rode thus appears to be common-edge settlement, which would be considered most likely, on the basis of field-work in other parts of this region, to be of 12th to 14th century date.
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