RODE, Robert atte, of Suss.
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Family and Education
poss. s. of Robert atte Rode (b.c.1313) of Midhurst, Suss.1
On 24 Dec. 1388 atte Rode proclaimed before the county court at Chichester the writs ordering the registration of guilds, in accordance with a recent statute. (He was no doubt acting as an agent for the sheriff of Sussex.) A few years later he was sued in the court of common pleas by Richard Hurst, for refusing to reimburse him £15 3s.6d. due under the terms of an agreement, and he was subsequently outlawed for failing to pay the fine imposed by the justices. However, in May 1398 he obtained a royal pardon of outlawry, after he had surrendered to the Fleet prison and rendered all sums due, including the four marks damages awarded to Hurst.2
Atte Rode’s place of residence in Sussex has not been ascertained, but it seems likely that it was Midhurst, where others of his surname lived.3