Rugby may be in the middle of England but it has always been on a border. This makes describing its early history difficult. For much of the time we are not certain where the border was exactly so Rugby could have been on either side.
The development of Rugby will be considered in three main phases:-
Over time, governance of the parish of Rugby has been expanded to include the adjoining rural villages.
Timeline of the history of Rugby. This includes events in Rugby and the neighbouring parishes.