Early historyEarly settlement existed in the Rugby area: The River Avon formed a natural barrier between the and tribes, and it is likely that defended frontier settlements were set up on each side of the Avon valley. Rugby's position on a hill overlooking the Avon, made it an ideal location for a defended Dobunni watch settlement. During the the Roman town of Tripontium was established on the around north-east of what is now Rugby, this was later abandoned when the Romans left Britain. The small settlement at Rugby was taken over by the around 560 AD, and it was mentioned in the of 1086 as ''Rocheberie''; although there are several theories about the origin of the name, a popular one is that this was a phonetic translation of the name ''Hrocaberg'' meaning 'Hroca's hill fortification'; ''Hroca'' being an Anglo-Saxon man's name pronounced with a silent 'H', and ''berg'' being a name for a hill fortification, with the 'g' being pronounced as an 'ee' sound. By the 13th century the name of the town was commonly spelt as ''Rokeby'' (or ''Rookby'') before gradually evolving into the modern form by the 18th century. In 1140 the first recorded mention was made of which was originally a chapel of the mother church at , until Rugby was established as a in its own right in 1221. In 1255 the Henry de Rokeby obtained a charter to hold a weekly in Rugby, which soon developed into a small country . In the Rugby was mentioned as having a at the location of what is now Regent Place. However, the nature of the 'castle' is unknown, and it was possibly little more than a fortified . In any event the 'castle' was short lived: It was probably constructed early in the reign of (1135–1154) during the period of civil war known as , and demolished in around 1157 on the orders of King . The earthworks for the castle were still clearly visible as late as the 19th century, but have since been built over. According to one theory, the stones from the castle were later used to construct the west tower of St Andrew's Church, which bears strong resemblance to a castle, and was probably intended for use in a defensive as well as a religious role. was founded in 1567 with money left in the will of , a locally born man, who had moved to London and made his fortune as the grocer to . Sheriff had intended Rugby School to be a free for local boys, but by the 18th century it had acquired a national reputation and gradually became a mostly fee-paying private school, with most of its pupils coming from outside Rugby. The was eventually founded in 1878 to continue Sheriff's original intentions. During the , King passed through Rugby in 1642 on his way to , and 120 Horse Troops reportedly stayed at the town, however the townsfolk were sympathetic to the cause, and they were disarmed by the Cavalier soldiers. Later, in 1645, Rugby was strongly Parliamentarian, and and two regiments of soldiers stayed at Rugby in April that year, two months before the , some to the east, in nearby . Until the 19th century, Rugby was a small and relatively unimportant settlement, with only its school giving it any notability. Its growth was slow, due in part to the nearby markets at and which were better positioned in terms of road traffic. In 1663 Rugby was recorded as containing 160 houses with a population of around 650. By 1730 this had increased to 183 houses, with a population of around 900. Rugby's importance and population increased more rapidly during the late 18th and early 19th century due to the growing national reputation of Rugby School, which had moved from its original location at a (now long vanished) schoolhouse north of St Andrew's Church, to its present location south of the town centre by 1750. By the time of the first national census in 1801, Rugby had a population of 1,487 with 278 houses. By 1831 this had increased further to 2,501 in 415 houses. This growth was driven by parents who wished to send their boys to Rugby School, but were unable to afford the boarding fees and so took up residence in Rugby.''Rugby, Further Aspects Of The Past'' (1977) Rugby Local History Group
Modern historyRugby's growth into a significant town was prompted by the arrival of the s, as its location made it an ideal meeting place for various railway lines, by the middle of the 19th century, the railway junction at Rugby had become one of the most important in the country: The first railway arrived in 1838 when one of the earliest inter-city main lines, the (L&BR) was constructed around the town. In 1840 the made a junction with the L&BR at Rugby, which was followed by a junction with the in 1847. By the mid-1850s there were five railway lines meeting at Rugby, with more than sixty trains a day passing through . Rugby was transformed into a , and the influx of railway workers and their families rapidly expanded the population. Rugby's population grew to nearly 8,000 by 1861. reaching nearly 17,000 by 1901. In the later half of the 19th century, Rugby also developed some local industries: Large-scale production began in the town in 1862 when the Rugby Lias Lime & Cement Company Ltd was founded to take advantage of the locally available deposits of . A factory producing s was opened in 1882, this survived until 1992, by which time it was making swimwear. In the 1890s and 1900s heavy industries began to set up in Rugby, attracted by its central location and good transport links, causing the town to rapidly grow into a major industrial centre: Willans and Robinson were the first engineering firm to arrive in 1897, building steam engines to drive electrical generators, they were followed by in 1902, who manufactured electrical motors and generators. Both firms started producing s in 1904, and were in competition until both were united as part of in 1969. Rugby expanded rapidly in the early decades of the 20th century as workers moved in. By the 1940s, the population of Rugby had grown to over 40,000, and then to over 50,000 by the 1960s. A was established in Rugby in 1848, to provide the town with necessary infrastructure for its growth, such as paved roads, street lighting, clean drinking water and sewerage, this was converted into an in 1894. Rugby's status was upgraded to that of a in 1932, and its boundaries were expanded to incorporate the formerly separate villages of Bilton, , and which have become suburbs of the town.visionofbritain.org
FameRugby is most famous for the invention of , which is played throughout the world. The invention of the game is credited to , a pupil who, according to legend, broke the existing rules of football by picking up the ball and running with it at a match played in 1823. Although there is little evidence to support this story, the school is credited with codifying and popularising the sport. In 1845, three Rugby School pupils produced the first written rules of the "Rugby style of game". Rugby School is one of England's oldest and most prestigious public schools, and was the setting of 's semi-autobiographical masterpiece '' ,'' published in 1857. A substantial part of the 2004 dramatisation of the novel, starring , was filmed on location at Rugby School. Hughes later set up a colony in America for the younger sons of the English gentry, who could not inherit under the laws of primogeniture, naming the town Rugby. The town of still exists. Rugby is a birthplace of the . In April 1937 built and tested the world's first prototype jet engine at the (BTH) works in Rugby, and during 1936–41 based himself at on the outskirts, where he designed and developed early prototype engines. Much of his work was carried out at nearby . Whittle is commemorated in Rugby by a near the town hall dating from 2005, made by Stephen Broadbent. was invented in Rugby in 1947, by the born inventor , also while working at BTH. For this he later received the in 1971. In the 19th century, Rugby became famous for its once important junction which was the setting for 's story '' Mugby Junction''.
Rugby todayThe modern town of Rugby is an amalgamation of the original town with the former villages of Bilton, , and which were incorporated into Rugby in 1932 when the town became a , all except Brownsover still have their former village centres. Rugby also includes the areas of , Overslade, Hillside and the partially constructed Houlton housing development. The spread of Rugby has nearly reached the villages of , Cawston, and Long Lawford.
Town centreThe town centre is mostly Victorian era, Victorian and early 20th century, however a few much older buildings survive, along with some more modern developments. Rugby was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as 'Butterfieldtown'Allen, Geoff, (2000) ''Warwickshire Towns & Villages'', due to the number of buildings designed by William Butterfield in the 19th century, including much of Rugby School and the extension of . The main shopping area in Rugby is in the streets around the Clock Tower, two of which – High Street and Sheep Street – were pedestrianised in the 1980s. Until the 19th century, Rugby's urban area consisted of only Market Place, High Street, Sheep Street, Church Street, North Street and what is now Lawrence Sheriff Street. These centred on what is now the Clock Tower, which was built in 1887 on the site of an ancient cross. These streets still form the core of the town centre. In the Victorian era, Victorian and Edwardian eras several more shopping streets were added in order to cater for the growing town, including Albert Street and Regent Street, the latter of which was built in 1905, and was intended to be Rugby's main shopping street, although it never achieved this goal. The town centre has an indoor shopping centre called Rugby Central Shopping Centre which opened in 1979 (previously named The Clock Tower shopping centre). A street market (place), market is held in the town centre several days a week. In recent years several out-of-town retail centres have opened and expanded to the north of the town, including: Elliots Field Retail Park, Junction 1 Retail Park and Technology Drive.
GeographyMost of Rugby sits around above sea level on an irregular shaped plateau which is situated between the valleys of the River Avon (Warwickshire), River Avon and River Swift, Swift to the north, and the Rains Brook and River Leam to the south. During its modern growth, Rugby spread north across the Avon valley and enveloped the villages of Brownsover and Newbold, which are to the north of the Avon valley.OS Explorer Map 222 : Rugby & Daventry, Southam & Lutterworth: (1:25 000) The county boundary between Warwickshire, and to the east of Rugby is defined by the A5 road (Great Britain), A5 road (the former ) around east of Rugby town centre. The three counties meet at Dow Bridge; the point where the A5 road crosses the River Avon, forming a List of tripoints of English counties, tripoint. To the south-east of Rugby the county boundary with Northamptonshire is defined by the Rains Brook. Rugby is the easternmost town within Warwickshire (and the entire West Midlands (region), West Midlands region) ;Suburbs and districts Suburbs and districts of Rugby include: * Bilton * * *Hillside *Kingsway * * * Overslade ;Adjacent settlements Places adjoining or adjacent to Rugby, but not part of the town itself: * Cawston * * * Houlton (partially constructed) *Long Lawford ;Nearby places *Nearby cities: , and *Nearby towns: Bedworth, Daventry, Hinckley, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, , Northampton, Nuneaton, Southam and Warwick. *Nearby villages: Barby, Northamptonshire, Barby, Braunston, Brinklow, Catthorpe, Harborough Magna, Kilsby, Lilbourne, Monks Kirby, Newton, Warwickshire, Newton and Pailton.
DemographicsAt the United Kingdom census, 2011, 2011 census, there were 70,628 residents in Rugby in 30,901 households, and the median age of Rugby residents was 39. In terms of ethnicity: *89% of Rugby residents were White British, White (Comprising 81% White British, 6.5% Other White, 1.1% White Irish, Irish and 0.1% Gypsy (term), Gypsy/Irish Travellers, Irish Traveller). *5.8% were British Asian, Asian (Comprising 3.6% British Indian, Indian, 0.8% British Pakistani, Pakistani, 0.2% British Bangladeshi, Bangladeshi 0.5% British Chinese, Chinese and 0.8% from another Asian background) *2.5% were Black British, Black (Comprising 1.2% African diaspora, African, 1.0% British African-Caribbean people, Caribbean and 0.3% other Black) *2.4% were Mixed (United Kingdom ethnicity category), Mixed. *0.1% were British Arab, Arab and 0.2% were from another ethnic group. In terms of religion, 62% of Rugby residents identified as Christianity, Christian, 25.6% said they had irreligion, no religion, 6.7% did not state any religion, 2.6% were Hinduism, Hindu, 1.6% were Islam, Muslim, 0.7% were Sikhism, Sikh, 0.3% were Buddhism, Buddhists, 0.1% were Judaism, Jewish and 0.3% were from another religion.
Politics and governance
National representationFrom 1885 until 1983 Rugby was a constituency in itself, a status it regained in 2010. Rugby historically has been one of the Midlands' most marginal seats. From 1885 until 1924 Rugby was a marginal seat which changed hands between the Conservative Party (UK), Conservative and Liberal Party (UK), Liberal parties. From 1924 until 1942, the prominent Conservative David Margesson, 1st Viscount Margesson, David Margesson was Rugby's MP, his resignation triggered the 1942 Rugby by-election which was won by an independent trade unionist William Brown (trade unionist), William Brown, who retained the seat until losing it to James Johnson (British politician), James Johnson of the Labour Party (UK), Labour Party in 1950. From 1950 until 1983 Rugby was a Labour-Conservative marginal, with the Labour Party holding it for the majority of that period. In 1983 Rugby was joined with Kenilworth to become part of the parliamentary constituency of Rugby and Kenilworth (UK Parliament constituency), Rugby and Kenilworth. Between 1983 and 1997 Jim Pawsey was the Conservative Member of Parliament, losing in 1997 to Labour's Andy King (British politician), Andy King. At the 2005 United Kingdom general election, 2005 general election Jeremy Wright (politician), Jeremy Wright regained the seat for the Conservatives. Following the recommendations of the Boundary Commission for England, Warwickshire was allocated a sixth parliamentary seat. In the 2010 general election, the existing Rugby and Kenilworth constituency was abolished and split in two. A new Rugby (UK Parliament constituency), Rugby constituency was created, and a new constituency of Kenilworth and Southam (UK Parliament constituency), Kenilworth and Southam formed to the south of Rugby, and as a result the town regained its pre-1983 status of returning its own member of parliament, albeit with the addition of the Bulkington Ward from Nuneaton (UK Parliament constituency), Nuneaton. Jeremy Wright chose to stand for Kenilworth and Southam in the 2010 general election and was successful. Mark Pawsey, son of former Rugby MP Jim Pawsey, was elected for Rugby in 2010.
Local governmentRugby is administered by two local government in the United Kingdom, local authorities: Rugby (borough), Rugby Borough Council which covers Rugby and its surrounding countryside, and Warwickshire County Council. The two authorities are responsible for different aspects of local government. Rugby is an unparished area and so does not have its own town council. The was created in its current form in 1974, with the first elections held in 1973, since then, Rugby Borough Council has spent the majority of its time under no overall control, but since 2018 it has been controlled by the Conservative Party UK, Conservative Party (see Rugby Borough Council elections)
Public servicesRugby is covered by Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service. Ambulance services are covered by the West Midlands Ambulance Service. The local hospital in Rugby is the Hospital of St. Cross, Rugby, Hospital of St. Cross which is part of the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. A more extensive range of health services are provided at the University Hospital Coventry, some ten miles away.
Culture and recreationThe largest general purpose venue in Rugby is the Benn Hall which opened in 1961 as part of the town hall complex, Rugby has two theatres, a professional theatre the Macready Theatre, and the amateur Rugby Theatre, both in the town centre. A nine screen cinema run by Cineworld is located at a retail park north of the town centre. The Rugby Art Gallery, Museum and Library which opened in 2000, hosts various temporary art exhibitions, the main collection which is not on permanent display is the nationally renown "Rugby Collection of 20th century and Contemporary British Art" which includes 170 artworks by artists such as L. S. Lowry, Stanley Spencer, Paula Rego and Graham Sutherland. The museum hosts Roman artefacts excavated from the nearby Romano-British town of Tripontium, as well as an exhibition of the social history of Rugby. The building also houses the town's library. The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum also in the town centre also hosts rugby memorabilia. Since 2011 Rugby has held the annual Rugby Festival of Culture, which lasts for two or three weeks in June and July, and includes a wide-ranging program of music, theatre, arts and crafts and comedy. The poet Rupert Brooke was born and raised in Rugby, and he is commemorated in the town by a statue in Regent Place. In the 1960s, Clifton Hall at Rugby was owned by the music manager Reginald Calvert and became a centre of the Midlands rock music scene, with a number of Midlands bands such as The Fortunes, and the local band Pinkerton's Assorted Colours starting their careers there. In the 1980s the influential rock band Spacemen 3 was formed in Rugby by the local musicians Jason Pierce and Pete Kember. Following its demise in 1991, both musicians went on to form successful subsequent projects; Pierce formed the critically acclaimed band Spiritualized and Kember continued performing under the names Peter Kember, Sonic Boom/Spectrum. Other notable musical acts to emerge from Rugby include the 1970s pop band Jigsaw (British band), Jigsaw which was formed by musicians from Rugby and Coventry, the 2000s singer-songwriter James Morrison (singer), James Morrison, and more recently Emily Burns. There are two large urban parks in the town centre, one is Caldecott Park alongside the town hall, and on the edge of the town centre is the Whitehall Recreation Ground. Rugby has an indoor leisure centre, the ''Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre'' which opened in 2013, replacing the older ''Ken Marriott Leisure Centre'', it is run by GLL a charitable social enterprise on behalf of the local council.
Sport*Rugby has a number of rugby union teams including; the Rugby Lions, Rugby Welsh, Rugby St. Andrews RFC, Newbold-on-Avon RFC AEI (Rugby) Rugby Football Club and Old Laurentian RFC. *Rugby has two non-league Association football, football clubs, Rugby Town F.C., who play in the United Counties League Premier Division, and Rugby Borough F.C., formed in 2017, who were Leicestershire Senior League Division One Champions in 2017–18. *There are two golf courses near the town: Rugby Golf Club to the East, and Whitefields Golf Club to the South West. * The Rugby Lawn Tennis Club, is one of the oldest in the world, having been established in 1876.
EconomyFor most of the 20th Century manufacturing was the largest employer in Rugby. Manufacturing employment peaked in the 1950s, and has gone into steady decline since, and service industries are now the largest source of employment. Rugby remains an centre and has a long history of producing gas and steam s and electrical equipment. Engineering in Rugby has taken place under a myriad of different companies; it was established in the 1900s by (BTH) and Willans & Robinson, which later became parts of Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) and English Electric respectively, until both were united as part of the General Electric Company (GEC) in the late-1960s, which itself merged with Alstom in 1989. Most of the engineering works in Rugby were based in the Avon valley area north of the railway station, since the 1980s much of the engineering works have closed with their land sold off for housing and commercial development, however engineering still continues in Rugby on a smaller scale under the auspices of GE Power Conversion, which produces large electric motors, and services and manufactures steam turbines. In 2019 the Rugby site was threatened with closure, but was saved following an order for motors from the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom), Ministry of Defence, after the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, decided that closing the site would lead to a ‘loss of sovereign capability and security’. Further afield, within the Rugby (borough), Rugby borough is the Rolls-Royce plc, Rolls-Royce engineering works near Ansty, Warwickshire, Ansty. This is nearer to than Rugby. Rugby is also a centre of laser manufacturing: This was started by the local firm JK Lasers, which was founded in 1972. In 1982 JK Lasers merged with Lumonics of Canada and was for a time one of the largest industrial laser companies in the world. Following takeovers and mergers, the JK Lasers brand name disappeared in 2015, and it is now part of SPI Lasers, a subsidiary of the Trumpf company. In 2018, SPI Lasers announced that their manufacturing site at Rugby was to be doubled in size. A second laser manufacturing firm in Rugby is Litron Lasers, which was established in 1997. Another major industry in Rugby is making; This industry started on a small scale locally in the early 19th century, but began on a large scale in the 1860s when the Rugby Cement company was founded, making cement from the local Jurassic limestone at . The current cement works at Rugby has the largest cement kiln in the UK, capable of producing 1.8 million tonnes of cement a year. The current plant was opened in 2000, having been rebuilt and substantially enlarged in the late-1990s, upon its opening other Rugby Cement plants at Southam and Rochester, Kent, Rochester were closed, with all production moved to the enlarged Rugby plant. Rugby Cement was taken over in 2000 and is now owned by the Mexican firm Cemex, who moved their UK headquarters to Rugby in 2018. The American fashion retailer Gap Inc. has had its UK headquarters and distribution centre in Rugby since 2002, as does the construction firm Morgan Sindall Group, Morgan Sindall, and the historic legal firm Brethertons. In addition a number of trade, professional and charitable organisations have headquarters in Rugby, including the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Lighting Professionals, the Master Locksmiths Association, the Auto-Cycle Union, the Oral Health Foundation, and the development charity Practical Action. Since the 1980s several large industrial estates have been built to the north, and Warehouse, warehousing, distribution and light industry have become major employers. This is due to the town's close proximity to the M6 motorway (Junction 1) and M1 (Junction 19), at the heart of the UK's motorway network. In 2017 nearly half of Warwickshire's businesses in the ‘Transport and storage’ sector were in Rugby. In 2017 Hermes Group, Hermes opened its 'Midlands Super Hub' parcel delivery depot at the Rugby Gateway development to the north of the town, which is the largest of its type in the UK. To the east of Rugby is the large Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT), which opened in the 1990s; although this is across the county border in Northamptonshire, it is closest to Rugby. Tourism is also important to the town's economy, especially related to . In 2017 the average annual workplace wage in the Rugby borough was £29,059; above the Warwickshire (£28,513) and UK (£28,296) averages. One of the last links to Rugby's rural past was the cattle market held near the railway station, and earlier in the "Market Place" in the old centre of Rugby since medieval times. The market near the railway station was closed in late 2008 and the site has been redeveloped into housing, a hotel and a Tesco store as part of a wider scheme of work in the station area.
Notable buildings and landmarksOne of the most notable landmarks around Rugby was, until August 2007, the Rugby Radio Station, a large radio transmitting station just to the east of the town. The station was opened in 1926, at its height in the 1950s it was the largest radio transmitting station in the world, with a total of 57 radio transmitters, covering an area of 1600 acres. Traffic slowly dwindled from the 1980s onwards, and the site was closed between 2003 and 2007. Several of the masts were decommissioned and demolished by explosives in 2004, although a few, including four of the biggest masts remained until 2007. (Firing the explosive charges was delayed by rabbits gnawing the wires). The remaining four 'tall' masts were demolished on the afternoon of 2 August 2007 with no prior publicity. The site is now being developed as a new housing development known as Houlton Rugby Cement works, is to the west of the town. The main tower of the cement works stands at tall, and can be seen from as far away as the Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The landmark is controversial; in 2005 it came in the top ten of a poll of buildings people would like to see demolished on the Channel 4 television series Demolition (television), Demolition. In October 2006, the owners of the Rugby Cement works, Cemex, were fined £400,000 for excessive pollution after a court case brought by the Environment Agency. The town has statues of three famous locals: Rupert Brooke, and . The Rupert Brooke statue is situated at the forked junction of Regent Street on the green and commemorates his contribution to poetry. Thomas Hughes' statue stands in the gardens of the Temple Reading Rooms (the central library of Rugby school) on Barby Road. Since England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, the William Webb Ellis statue outside Rugby School is one of the most visited parts of the town. , in the town centre, is Rugby's original Church of England parish church. A church has stood on the site since 1140. The oldest surviving part of the church is the 22 metre high west tower which bears strong resemblance to a turret, the west tower was possibly built during the reign of King Henry III of England, Henry III (1216–1272) to serve a defensive as well as religious role, and is Rugby's oldest building. The church has other artefacts of medieval Rugby including the 13th-century parish chest, and a medieval baptismal font, font. The church was extensively re-built and expanded in the 19th century, designed by William Butterfield. The expanded church included a new east tower, added in 1895 which has a spire high. The church is Grade II* listed. Very unusually, both of the church towers have Change ringing, ringable bells, the main peal of bells (all cast in 1896 by Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Mears & Stainbank, ) being located in the eastern tower, and the old peal (all cast in 1711 by Joseph Smith of Edgbaston) located in the western tower. Rugby's main Roman Catholic church is St Marie's Church, Rugby, St Marie's on Dunchurch Road. It is one of the town's most well-known landmarks as it is quite dominant on the skyline. The church was first opened in 1847, designed by Pugin in the Gothic Revival architecture, Gothic revival style, it was enlarged in 1864, and in 1872 the current tall and slender spire was added, which is nearly 200 feet (61 metres) tall. The church is also Grade II* listed. The buildings of are major landmarks mostly dating from the 18th and 19th century with some early 20th Century additions. The oldest buildings are the Old Quad Buildings and the School House the oldest parts of which date from 1748, but were mostly built between 1809 and 1813 by Henry Hakewill, these are Grade II* listed buildings in Rugby (borough), are Grade II* listed. Most of the current landmark buildings date from the Victorian era and were designed by William Butterfield: The most notable of these is the Chapel, dating from 1872, which is Grade I listed. Butterfield's New Quad buildings are Grade II* listed and date from 1867–85. The War Memorial chapel designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, 2nd Baronet, Charles Nicholson is a later addition dating from 1922. Rugby's Clock Tower in Market Place is one of the town's best known landmarks, which traditionally marks the centre of Rugby. The clock tower dates from 1887, and was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee. It is built of Derby Dale stone, and was designed by Goodacres of Leicester. It is grade II listed.
Places of interestPlaces of interest in the town include: *The Rugby School Museum, which has audio-visual displays about the history of Rugby School and of the town. *The combined Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, art gallery and museum. The art gallery contains a nationally recognised collection of contemporary art. The museum contains, amongst other things, Roman Empire, Roman artefacts dug up from the nearby Roman settlement of Tripontium. The facility became the physical home of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016. *The The James Gilbert Rugby Football Museum, Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum, where traditional Rugby football, rugby balls are handmade. It contains much rugby football memorabilia. *The Benn Hall, a conference, seminar, exhibition and party venue. * Newbold Quarry Park, nature reserve *Swift Valley Nature Reserve Places of interest around Rugby include: *Brandon Marsh nature reserve, Brandon Marsh * *Coombe Abbey *Coton House * – Historic village *Draycote Water – Reservoir and nature reserve *Oxford Canal *Ryton Organic Gardens *Stanford Hall, Leicestershire, Stanford Hall
RoadRugby is situated near to several major trunk routes including the M1, M6 and M45 motorways, and the A5 road (Great Britain), A5, A14 road (England), A14 and A45 roads. Other main roads in the town include the A426 road, the A428 road and the Rugby Western Relief Road, linking the A45 with the Leicester Road, that connects with junction 1 of the M6. In 2010, a short local bypass (road), bypass was opened; it was the first part of the Rugby Western Relief Road. It runs from the A428 road, A428 (Lawford Road), along the edge of the built-up area to the A4071 road, A4071 (road from Rugby through Bilton and Cawston), a little west of Cawston; it takes through heavy traffic off suburban housing roads such as Addison Road. On 10 September 2010, the final part of Rugby's Western Relief Road was opened. The road runs from Potsford Dam near Cawston, through the Lawford Road and ending at Newbold Road, near the Avon Valley School. The initial estimated cost was projected at £36.6 million, while the final figure was in excess of £60 million.
BusBuses run to Coventry, Southam, Leamington Spa, Daventry, Leicester and Northampton, as well as serving the major estates of the town on a regular basis. Stagecoach in Warwickshire have a depot in the town.
Railwaysis served by the West Coast Main Line and has frequent regular services to Euston railway station, London Euston, Birmingham New Street railway station, Birmingham New Street, Stafford railway station, Stafford and Crewe railway station, Crewe. There are also some infrequent services between Rugby and Glasgow Central railway station, Glasgow Central, the North West England, North West of England, Shrewsbury railway station, Shrewsbury, Chester railway station, Chester and Holyhead railway station, Holyhead. Rugby has had a railway station since 1838, when the was opened, though the present station dates from 1885. Rugby station used to be served by lines which have now been closed, including to Midland Counties Railway, Leicester, Rugby to Leamington Line, Leamington Spa and Rugby and Stamford railway, Peterborough. These were closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts.Elliott, Peter H (1985). Rugby's Railway Heritage. . Between 1899 and 1969, Rugby had a second station; Rugby Central railway station, Rugby Central station on the former Great Central Main Line, which had services to Marylebone railway station, London Marylebone to the south and Leicester Central railway station, Leicester, Nottingham Victoria railway station, Nottingham and Sheffield Victoria railway station, Sheffield to the north. The station and line were closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts. British Railways' Rugby Locomotive Testing Station, locomotive testing centre was in Rugby. Warwickshire County Council have proposed a new station; Rugby Parkway railway station, Rugby Parkway station be built on the Northampton Loop Line, south-east of the existing station, serving the Houlton. The station is to be built in between the current edge of town and DIRFT to accommodate for the future expansion of the town where 6,200 homes are planned to be built over a 15 to 20 year period. No date, however, has been given for the opening of this station.
AirThere are direct railway links to the nearest major airport Birmingham Airport. The smaller Coventry Airport is also nearby.
CanalThe Oxford Canal from near Coventry to Oxford runs around Rugby, through the Newbold-on-Avon, Newbold, and areas, although it does not come close to the town centre. The canal was opened in 1790, as a winding contour canal, but was straightened out in the 1830s. Notable features of the canal locally are the long tunnel at Newbold, and the flight of Hillmorton#Hillmorton Locks, locks at Hillmorton, which are the busiest flight of locks on the national canal network.
Born in Rugby*Chris Adams (wrestler), Chris Adams (1955–2001), wrestler *Neil Adams (judoka), Neil Adams (born 1958), judoka *Melanie Astles, (born 1982) French aerobatic champion *David Barby (1943–2012), antiques expert *Ian Bell (born 1982), cricketer *Laura Bettinson (born 1987), singer-songwriter *Andrew Bloxam (1801–1878), clergyman and naturalist *Matthew Bloxam (1805–1888), antiquarian and archaeologist *Arthur Bostrom (born 1955), actor *Rupert Brooke (1887–1915), poet *Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (born 1983), comedic writer *Jim Dewes (born 1957), cricketer *Walter Gilbert (sculptor), Walter Gilbert (1871–1946), sculptor *Herbert Haddock (1861–1946), ship captain *M. John Harrison, Michael John Harrison (born 1945), writer *Peter Kember (born 1965), musician (Spacemen 3, Spectrum) *Richard Lindon (1816–1887), leatherworker, inventor *Norman Lockyer (1836–1920), scientist, discovered the gas helium *Rose Macaulay (1881–1958), writer *Katharine Merry (born 1974), sprinter *James Morrison (singer), James Morrison (born 1984), singer-songwriter *James Petiver (1665–1718), botanist *Jason Pierce (born 1965), musician (Spiritualized, Spacemen 3) *Tim Pigott-Smith (1946–2017), actor *Peter Rogers (businessman), Peter Rogers (1947-2020), businessman *Sam Ruddock (born 1990), track and field athlete * (c. 1510–1567), grocer, philanthropist *Barbara Stocking (born 1951), public servant *Lauren Taylor (golfer), Lauren Taylor (born 1994), golfer *Chris Wakelin (born 1992), snooker player *Peter Whalley (priest), Peter Whalley (1722–1791), clergyman, academic and schoolmaster *Mona Wilson (1872–1954), civil servant and author *Arnold Wolfendale (1927–2020), Astronomer Royal *Albert Wratislaw (1822–1892), clergyman and scholar
Lived or lives in Rugby*Joseph Addison (1672-1719), writer and politician *Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), poet *Thomas Arnold (1795–1842), educator *Emily Burns (born 1994), singer-songwriter *Lewis Carroll (1832–1898), writer *Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), politician *Paul Dirac (1902-1984), physicist * (1806–1872), clergyman, claimed inventor of rugby football *Reginald Foort (1893–1980), organist * (1900–1979), physicist * (1822–1896), writer *Billy J. Kramer (born 1943), singer *Unity Mitford (1914–1948), socialite *John Moultrie (poet), John Moultrie (1799–1874), clergyman and poet *Kevin Painter (born 1967), darts player *Peter Purves (born 1939), television presenter *Salman Rushdie (born 1947), novelist *Lesley Souter (1917– 1981) first female electrical engineering student at the University of Glasgow *Franco Wanyama (1968–2019), boxer * (1907–1996), inventor *Clem Wilson (1875–1944), cricketer *Johnny Williams (boxer), Johnny Williams (1926–2007), boxer
Primary;State schools *Abbots Farm Junior School *Abbots Farm Infant School *Bawnmore Infant School *Bilton Infant School *Bilton CE Junior School *Boughton Leigh Infant *Boughton Leigh Junior *Brownsover Community Infant School *Cawston Grange Primary School *Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Primary School *Eastlands Primary School *English Martyrs Catholic Primary School *Henry Hinde Infant School *Henry Hinde Junior School *Hillmorton Primary School *Northlands Primary School *Oakfield Primary Academy *Paddox Primary School *Riverside Academy *Rokeby Infant School *Rokeby Junior School *Rugby Free Primary School *St Andrew's Benn CE Primary School *St Gabriels's CofE Academy *St Maries RC Infant School *St Maries RC Junior School *St Matthews Bloxham CE Primary School ;Independent *Crescent School, Rugby, Crescent School
Secondary;Comprehensive Schools *Ashlawn School *Avon Valley School *Bilton School *Harris Church of England Academy *Rugby Free Secondary School *Houlton Schoolhttp://www.houltonschool.org.uk/ ;Grammar schools * (for boys) *Rugby High School for Girls *Ashlawn School – Partially Selective ;Independent schools * *Princethorpe College
Further education*Warwickshire College Group#Rugby College, Rugby College – which is a part of the Warwickshire College Group. *Percival Guildhouse - Independent adult education charity.
Former schools and colleges*Bishop Wulstan School *Hillbrow School *William Temple (archbishop)#Legacy, William Temple College (1954–71): an Anglican theological college.
RadioThe local radio stations are: *BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: 104.0 FM *Free Radio Coventry & Warwickshire (formally known as Mercia Sound and Mercia FM): 97.0FM *Capital Mid-Counties: 107.1 FM
Written mediaThe main local newspapers are: *The ''Rugby Advertiser'' *The ''Rugby Observer'' *The ''Warwickshire Telegraph''; a localised sub-edition of the ''Coventry Telegraph''.
Television newsThe Rugby area is covered on regional TV News by: *Midlands Today, BBC Midlands Today *ITV News Central
Twin townsRugby is Town twinning, twinned with: * Évreux, France (since 1959) * Rüsselsheim, Germany (since 1977)
See also*Rugby, North Dakota * *Rugby, New South Wales , Rugby, New South Wales, Australia
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