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In these pages we will try and provide an introduction to the history of the town and where to find more information. The school and it's game have produced a high international profile for Rugby but we will concentrate on the story of the town. The 20th century developments in electrical engineering and other industries would have made the name known around the world without the William Webb Ellis effect.

Rugby School has its own web site .
For the development of the sport the English Rugby Football Union has some details, and the International Rugby Football Boardhas something on international developments.

If you are looking at your family tree then Rugby Family History Group will be of interest. If you are trying to follow up some detail of a relations social activities or careers then we may be able to help.

Publications

RLHRG have produced several books, including the “Aspects of” series.

Rugby, Aspects of the Past   1975, reprinted 2012
Rugby, Further Aspects of the past  1977, reprinted 2012
Rugby, Aspects of the Past, Volume 3  1991, reprinted 2001
Rugby, Aspects of the Past, Volume 4  1998, reprinted 2012
Aspects of 20th Century Rugby   2001
Aspects of Victorian Rugby   2005
Aspects of Rugby during World War One  2006
Aspects of Rugby during World War Two  2009,  reprinted 2013

The next book in the Aspects series was published on 22 November 2014.
Aspects of Rugby Volume 9 

List of articles in Aspects Books

They are all still in print and can be obtained from:

Rugby Visitor Centre in the foyer of Rugby Library, Art Gallery and Museum.

 

Copies can also be obtained from:
Christine Hancock, 12 Mellor Road, Hillmorton, Rugby, CV21 4BP

Price £4 per book, plus P&P £1.24 (UK only, please contact us about non-UK rates)

 

Booklet
St. Luke's Hospital & Rugby Union Workhouse
(3rd expanded version with optional CD., 2001)    Note: CD only available - Price £6 plus P&P

Our Books by other Publishers
Rugby as It Was Hendon Publishing Co Ltd (1 Jun 1979)
Rugby in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs) Sutton Publishing Ltd (1 Sep 1995)
Rugby from Old Photos Amberley Publishing (1 July 2009) (reprint of previous 1995 edition)
Rugby in Old Photographs: A Second Selection (Britain in Old Photographs) The History Press Ltd (20 Nov 1997)

Other Books on Rugby History
Rugby: A Pictorial History (Pictorial history series) by E.W. Timmins (1 Jan 1990)
Rugby's Railway Heritage by Peter H. Elliott, Anderson (Sep 1985)
Tripontium: The discovery and excavation of a Roman settlement on the Watling Street near Rugby by Jack Lucas, Irene Glendinning (1997)

Rugby Remembered: More Images of Rugby by "Rugby Advertiser" (Oct 2005)


 

List of articles in Aspects Books

CATEGORY ARTICLE BOOK PAGE
       
Commercial Banking in Rugby ASP1 56
Commercial Early Development of the Postal Service in Rugby (1800-1900) ASP3 23
Commercial Fashionable Rugby ASP2 16
Commercial General Post Office Information - 1888 ASP6 70
Commercial History of the Local Press ASP2 35
Commercial Lavender and Harrison, High St, Rugby (As I knew it 1939-1942) ASP3 27
Commercial Life on the Land ASP7 67
Commercial Lodge Plugs: A Rugby Institution ASP4 36
Commercial Markets and Fairs ASP1 44
Commercial Post Office War Diary ASP8 46
Commercial R & W H Symington, Spring St, Rugby ASP4 1
Commercial Rugby Benefit Building Society ASP1 62
Commercial Rugby Portland Cement Co. ASP3 49
Commercial Rugby Radio Station ASP4 9
Commercial Rugby Radio Station during the War Years ASP8 13
Commercial Rugby Town and Trade Improvement Association ASP6 30
Commercial Rugby's Water Supply ASP6 58
Commercial The Building of Rugby ASP6 74
Commercial The Early Days of Willans & Robinson Ltd ASP2 78
Commercial The Evolution of Rugby Borough ASP4 46
Commercial The First 50 years of the Rugby Gas Company ASP6 24
Commercial The Industrial War ASP8 5
Commercial The Rugby Cement "Comforts Fund" ASP8 31
Commercial Women at War ASP7 53
       
Education Education in Rugby before the Education Acts of 1876 and 1891 ASP1 31
Education Evacuees ASP8 66
Education Lawrence Sherriffe and the founding of Rugby School ASP1 68
Education Public School Town in the 19th century ASP2 51
Education Rugby Day Continuation School ASP4 28
Education School Days During WW2 ASP8 41
Education Some Schools in Rugby ASP2 58
Education The Bell of Lawrence Sheriff School ASP2 64
Education The effect of the War on Schools ASP7 55
       
Events Interesting Presentation at Rugby Station ASP6 73
Events Jubilee ASP2 8
Events Public Celebrations ASP2 12
Events Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Celebrations ASP6 49
Events Rugby 1926 ASP1 15
Events Salute the Soldier Week ASP8 28
Events The Battle of Rugby ASP7 12
Events The Opening of The Temple Speech Room ASP4 17
Events The Tank ASP3 38
       
History A Rebel American's Visit to Rugby in 1862 ASP6 42
History Belgian Refugees in Rugby ASP7 17
History Food Control ASP7 59
History From Settlement to Town ASP2 5
History Land Enclosures in Rugby ASP2 72
History Rugby's Adopted Warship "HMS Keppel" ASP8 39
History The 1918 Influenza Epidemic ASP7 74
History The Rugby Spitfires ASP8 55
History The Shambles ASP3 31
History The War in Figures ASP7 86
History What About Dunchurch's Robin Hood ASP4 40
       
Memories A Rugby Family's Contribution ASP8 45
Memories Childhood on Wood Street ASP3 9
Memories First World War Memories of Harry G B Keen ASP7 77
Memories From the Footplate ASP8 37
Memories Inventing Corned Beef Hash ASP8 63
Memories Mary's Story ASP8 51
Memories Memories of the Second World War ASP8 9
Memories Rugby Fire Brigade and the Coventry Blitz ASP8 54
Memories Rugby Wartime Memories ASP8 27
Memories Wartime Memories ASP4 49
       
News A Military Funeral ASP7 83
News Accident on the London & North Western Railway ASP6 78
News Advertiser Quotes ASP2 15
News Advertiser Quotes ASP2 26
News Advertiser Quotes ASP2 50
News Advertiser Quotes - A Modern Maid ASP2 22
News Advertiser Quotes - Letter to the Editor ASP2 7
News Advertiser Quotes - Queen of Spain ASP2 46
News Bomb Casualties and Damage in Rugby ASP8 67
News Guy Fawkes Celebrations in Victorian Rugby ASP6 20
News How Rugby Received the News of D Day ASP8 30
News Landladies of Rugby ASP8 15
News Letters to the Advertiser ASP7 84
News Local Crime Reports 1851-1871 ASP6 10
News Make Do and Mend ASP8 60
News No Go in the Snow ASP6 57
News Offence against the Climbing Act ASP6 19
News Rationing ASP8 16
News The Course of the War from the Pages of the Advertiser ASP7 4
News The Warnings ASP8 4
       
People "Snuffy" ASP2 38
People A Wartime Kindness ASP8 7
People Alan Overton ASP8 48
People Denise Dael ASP7 25
People Dennis Gabor ASP3 41
People Fire Guard ASP8 12
People Frances Nicholson of Clifton Road, Rugby ASP4 42
People Harold Brassingham Lever 1886-1918 ASP7 82
People Hitler's Girlfriend in Rugby ASP8 26
People James Archibald Campbell ASP4 59
People Lawrence Sheriff ASP3 69
People Matthew Holbeche Bloxam ASP3 44
People Mr H L Satchwell - A First Wold War Pilot ASP7 35
People Percy Charles Roberts 1890-1918 ASP7 81
People Richard Henry Wood ASP3 57
People Rupert Brook ASP3 27
People Samuel Robbins Esq ASP3 15
People Sergeant James Somers VC ASP7 80
People Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer ASP3 8
People The Benn Family ASP2 65
People The Death of a Old Inhabitant ASP6 29
People The Importance of Street Names ASP2 24
People The Wratislaws of Rugby ASP2 27
People Thomas Fletcher 1876-1914 ASP7 81
People Thomas Hughes and Rugby Tennessee ASP4 7
People William Blick - an Old English Yeoman ASP6 43
People William Webb Ellis ASP3 8
People Woodbine Willie ASP7 27
       
Places A Small Corner of Rugby ASP3 42
Places Bourton Hall ASP4 23
Places Clifton Road, Rugby ASP4 32
Places Elsee Road ASP2 45
Places Hillmorton Paddox Estate ASP3 53
Places Lawrence Sheriff Almshouses ASP3 60
Places The Half- Timbered Houses that stood next to Newbold on Avon Church ASP3 45
Places Walk Around Rugby Town Centre ASP2 82
       
Recreation Archery in Rugby ASP3 3
Recreation Caldecott Park ASP3 12
Recreation Club Land in Rugby ASP1 23
Recreation Edison's Phonograph at Bilton Grange ASP6 16
Recreation Holidays at Home ASP8 10
Recreation Public Houses ASP3 58
Recreation Rugby's Inns - Lodging Houses and Beershops during the 19th century ASP1 34
Recreation Rugby's Roller Skating Rinks ASP4 51
Recreation Social Life in Rugby during World War One ASP7 49
Recreation Sport in Rugby 1914-1918 ASP7 38
Recreation The History of Swimming in Rugby ASP4 55
Recreation Victorian Football in Rugby ASP6 62
       
Religion A Novel Occurrence at Newbold on Avon ASP6 61
Religion Parsons and People - Religion in 19th century Rugby ASP1 47
Religion Rugby Congregational Church ASP6 45
       
Transport Church Lawford Airfield ASP8 29
Transport Lilbourne Airfield ASP7 15
Transport Local Public Transport ASP8 57
Transport London and Birmingham Railway ASP1 7
Transport London and Birmingham Railway (Part 2) ASP2 39
Transport Rugby and the Railway Gauge ASP2 43
Transport The Cabmen of Rugby ASP6 7
Transport The Carriers of Rugby ASP4 14
Transport The Oxford Canal ASP2 47
Transport The Railways of Rugby ASP1 5
Transport The Rugby and Disrict Light Railway ASP1 20
Transport The Turnpike Roads around Rugby ASP1 12
  1900 to 1909 ASP5 9
  1910 to 1919 ASP5 19
  1920 to 1929 ASP5 29
  1930 to 1939 ASP5 37
  1940 to 1949 ASP5 44
  1950 to 1959 ASP5 53
  1960 to 1969 ASP5 62
  1970 to 1979 ASP5 69
  1980 to 1989 ASP5 75
  1990 to 1999 ASP5 83
  Rugby in World War 2 - A Timeline ASP8 68
  Time Chart ASP4 60
  Time Chart of Victorian Rugby ASP6 79

KEY:

ASP1 Rugby, Aspects of the Past                    1975, reprinted 2012
ASP2 Rugby, Further Aspects of the past         1977, reprinted 2012
ASP3 Rugby, Aspects of the Past, Volume 3     1991, reprinted 2001
ASP4 Rugby, Aspects of the Past, Volume 4      1998, reprinted 2012
ASP5 Aspects of 20th Century Rugby                2001
ASP6 Aspects of Victorian Rugby                      2005
ASP7 Aspects of Rugby during World War One   2006
ASP8 Aspects of Rugby during World War Two   2009, reprinting 2013

 

Document of the Month

At the moment we are cataloging and scanning the documents in our collection.

Each month we will highlight a particular document that we think is interesting.

We were recently given a Programme of a Tennis Tournament held in the summer of 1939.
It is full of adverts for businesses in the town and a Cinema that was never built. ENT011

 Previous Documents of the Month.