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"I see gardeners often mention the plots as being divided in areas of a 'rod'. A rod seems to be 25 square yards in area and I would like to explore this a bit more."

A rod, also known as pole or a perch, is an obsolete unit of measure equal to 16.5 feet or 5.5 yards. People who talk about allotment sizes in rods are being sloppy with language, they mean *square* rods. One square rod is 5.5 x 5.5 = 30.25 square yards exactly. The definition of a yard these days is 0.9144 metres exactly, so that's 30.25 x 0.9144 x 0.9144 = 25.29 m² approximately. That's probably why you thought it was 25 square yards - someone must have told you it in square metres at some point and you mis-remembered it as square yards.

The rod has been illegal for use in trade since the 1960s but some Councils are still advertising plots for sale by the square rod. Trading Standards seem reluctant to prosecute since the Metric Martyrs cases of the early 2000s.



Thank you for this information and update on rod pole & perch.

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