Aspects of Rugby Volume 11

Our most recent booklet, Rugby, Aspects of the Past, Volume 11 was published in October 2020

This booklet is available for sale at Rugby Visitor Centre, Hunts Bookshop or see the publications page of this site.




Among some recent booklets donated to us was a Programme for the Rugby and District Hospital Tennis Club.

This took place on the 8th and 10th July, but the year was not given. Looking through the pages it appears to be 1939, so this gives us a glimpce of Rugby just before the start of the Second World War. Read it here

One advert that caught our eye was on page 6 and announced the imminent opening of a new cinema "The Savoy".


We assume that this development was cancelled by the start of the war, but where was it?
The advert says Hillmorton Road, but we cannot work out where this was.

If anyone has any ideas, please let us know. 





Rugby's first Water Tower was built in 1852 and demolished in 1965.

At some point we made a copy of Severn-Trent plans of the building.


We also have a copy of an article about it from the Illustrated London News from 7 Feb 1852.



Included in our collection are several guides produced by CAMRA.
These include maps of the Pubs in Rugby and the surrounding villages with a list of which Real Ale is sold at each. One booklet even encludes a "Black List" of Pubs which do NOT sell the real thing.

The Rugby branch of CAMRA had been formed in 1982 and this is a guide produced from surveys carried out during February to May 1983   PUB008


Alcock and Brown

In June 1919 Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight.
As they made their return to London from Ireland, the train stopped at Rugby Station to pick up Lieut. Brown's fiancee, Miss Kennedy.
Crowds collected at the station but were not allowed onto the platform. Complaints were made and an explanation given by the Railway Company.

This was all reported in the Rugby Advertiser of 20th June.
(The happy couple were married in London a month later)