Rode Hall is a Grade-II listed Georgian country house located in the civil parish of Odd Rode, Cheshire. Rode Hall is located on the Rode Estate, which was originally owned by the family of William de Rode, who had fought on behalf of Edward II. The estate was then sold by Randle Rode to his cousin Roger Wilbraham for the equivalent of approximately £350,000. Descendants of the Sheriff of Cheshire, Richard de Wilburgham, the Wilbraham family owned the estate until the early twentieth century. In 1900, through marriage into the Wilbraham family, George Baker took possession of the estate, and assumed the Wilbraham name by royal license. The existing historical house was built at the behest of Randle Wilbraham at the beginning of the eighteenth century. An extension was added by Randle Wilbraham III in 1752.
Rode Hall Today
Today, the estate is owned by Sir Richard and Lady Baker Wilbraham. Following the completion of considerable restoration and reconstruction work in 1987, the estate was opened to public visits. Due to Randle Wilbraham IV’s lack of funds, the Georgian country house survived a period of Victorianisation and was thus able to maintain its original character. While nothing remains of the original seventeenth century timber-frame house, the latterly constructed red brick house is delicately preserved. Rode Hall boasts one of the finest collections of English porcelain and pottery in the country, collected by successive generations of the Wilbraham family. Today, Rode Hall and its park and gardens offer an entertaining day-out for the whole family. The well-maintained garden is constantly evolving and hosts a wide array of flowers. From daffodils, to snowdrops and hellebores, the garden blooms for an extended period, thanks to the efforts of Anne, the wife of the current baronet.