Lode is a small village in East Cambridgeshire on the southern edge of The Fens. The village's name is derived from its location at the southern end of Bottisham Lode that links it to the River Cam. A lode is an artificial water channel used to drain the Fens, thought to be of Roman origin. Lode also has the smaller hamlet settlement of Long Meadow as part of the parish to the east along the B1102. Lode is a comparatively new civil parish, having been separated from Bottisham in 1894. It is also the location of Anglesey Abbey, which was formerly the home of the Fairhaven family, who lived there for many years, but is now the property of the National Trust.
The village has just over three hundred dwellings and is home to nearly nine hundred people including many families whose roots in the community extend back several hundred years. A long standing farming community maintains seven working farms.
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