Rugby  Warwickshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Rugby like this:

Rugby, market town and par., Warwickshire, on river Avon, 15 miles NE. of Warwick, 30 SE. of Birmingham, and 83 NW. of London by rail, 2190 ac., pop. 9891; P.O., T.O, 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Rugby is an ancient place, but it first came into prominent notice in the 18th century in connection with its school, which was founded in 1567 by Lawrence Sheriff, a native of the neighbouring village of Brownsover, and which has risen under a series of able headmasters, including Dr Arnold, to be one of the first public schools in England. ...

The school occupies a splendid range of buildings in the Elizabethan style, possesses an endowment estimated at from £5000 to £6000 a year, and has usually from 400 to 500 boys; it induces many wealthy families to settle in the place. Rugby has become an important railway centre, and has consequently a very extensive transit trade. It has no mfrs. of note, but it has large fairs for horses, cattle, and sheep.

Rugby through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rugby in Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 12th April 2024

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