1 rod =
SI units
5.0292 m 502.92 cm
US customary / Imperial units
5.5000 yd 16.500 ft

The rod is a unit of length equal to 5.5 yards, 11 cubits, 5.0292 meters, 16.5 feet, or 1⁄320 of a statute mile. A rod is the same length as a perch and a pole. The lengths of the perch (one rod) and chain (four rods) were standardized in 1607 by Edmund Gunter. In old English, the term lug is also used.[1][2]

The length is equal to the standardized length of the ox goad used by medieval English ploughmen; fields were measured in acres which were one chain (four rods) by one furlong (in the United Kingdom, ten chains).

Because the furlong was "one plough's furrow long" and a furrow was the length a plough team was to be driven without resting, the length of the furlong and the acre vary regionally, nominally due to differing soil types. In England the acre was 4,840 square yards, but in Scotland it was 6,150 square yards and in Ireland 7,840 square yards. In all three countries, fields were divided in acres and thus the furlong became a measure commonly used in horse racing, archery, and civic planning.

One rod is approximately 1 rod (5.0 m)

Area and volumeEdit

The terms pole, perch and rod have been used as units of area and perch is also used as a unit of volume. See perch and rood.

See alsoEdit


Extract from Wikipedia article Wikipedia:Rod (unit)

  1. Anglo-Saxon And Roman To Metrics Conversion
  2. Units: L
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