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Roads A - I

 

Road Name

Area

 Date

Grid Ref.

Person/ Place

Reason

Notes

Abbey Street

off Murray Road

1893

SP 511758

It is reputed that the street was named after George Abbey (1848- 1938)

In the 1880s he was the owner of a "hansom cab" which he used to collect people from the railway station.

Family members say that he had stables in Abbey Street. In the 1880s he was living in Spring Street and was described as a cab driver and beer retailer. By 1901 he was the landlord of the 'Woolpack' in Lower Street, Hillmorton.

Acacia Grove

off Lancaster Road

c1914

SP 503758

 

It is said to have been so named because the pavement was originally lined with Acacia trees

See also Maple, Poplar & Sycamore Groves.

Addison Road

Between Bilton Road, Bilton, and Lawford Road, New Bilton.

1880s

SP 491753

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Essayist, poet and politician. Addison owned the manor of Bilton and resided in Bilton Hall from 1711 to 1719. In 1716, he married Charlotte (1680 -1731), the widow of Richard, 6th Earl of Warwick.

See also Steele Street.

A memorial statue of Addison is in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey.

Prior to 1954 the part of the present day Addison Road between Bilton Road and Sow Brook was named as Campbell Road and the hill section from Sow Brook to the cemetery entrance was known as Croop Hill.

Campbell Road was presumably named after James Archibald Campbell (1807 - 1879), see Campbell Street, New Bilton.

Albert Square

off Albert Street

1990

SP 507754

Albert Joseph Richardson (1811 - 68)

(see also Albert Street)

His mother, Mrs Anne Richardson (1791 - 1861), owned the land on which Albert Square was made.

Mrs Richardson inherited considerable land in 1828 when her husband, James Richardson, died. Albert Joseph was her oldest son.

Albert Street

Town Centre, off Church Street

1851

SP 505752

Albert Joseph Richardson (1811 - 68)

His mother, Mrs Anne Richardson (1791 - 1861) owned the land on which Albert Street was made.

Mrs Richardson inherited considerable land in 1828 when her husband, James Richardson, died. Albert Joseph was her oldest son. See also James Street.

Alexandra Road

off Wood Street

1904

SP 507758

Alexandra of Denmark (1844 - 1925)

She was the wife of the then reigning British monarch, King Edward VII (1901 - 10). (see also King Edward Road)

She married Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1863. Their coronation was in 1902.

Alfred Green Close

off Dunchurch Road

1978

SP 501744

Alfred Thomas Green (1918 - 76)

Alderman & Mayor of Rugby Borough Council (1968 - 69)

He was also a Borough councillor (1958 - 76) and an estate agent in the Town.

Alicia Close

Cawston, off Gerard Road

2002

SP 472738

Alicia Anne Spottiswoode (1810-1900)

Alicia was a Scottish songwriter and composer. Today she is chiefly known as the composer of the tune for “Annie Laurie”.

(see also Spottiswood Close.)

In 1836, Alicia married the Rt. Hon. John Douglas Montagu-Douglas-Scott, who, in 1827, had inherited the Buccleuch estates in the Dunchurch area, including Cawston, which became their chief residence.

Alwyn Road

off Main Street, Bilton

1934

SP 482736

It is said to have been named after Alwyn Wootton Crowther (1922-2000).

His father Thomas Edward Crowther (1893-1963) owned part of the land on which the road was built.

Thomas Edward Crowther was an agent and building society branch manager and in 1932 was elected to the first Rugby Borough Council.

Ambleside

 

Brownsover, off Buttermere

 

1974

SP 518770

 

Ambleside, Cumbria

 

Ambleside is a town about a mile from the head of Lake Windermere, England's largest lake.

 

Ambleside is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Ambleside had a population of 2,600 in the 2011 Census.

Anderson Avenue

Rokeby Estate, off Kingsway

1939

SP 501740

Anne Rose Anderson, née Wood, (1852 – 1940).

She was the niece of Richard Henry Wood. She married William Henry Anderson (1846 – 1911) in 1885.

She inherited Rokeby House in 1908 from Richard Henry Wood.

Rokeby Estate was built on part of the former farm estate attached to Rokeby House

Anson Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Frobisher Road

1960s

SP 483747

George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, (1697 - 1762)

Admiral, RN (1746 - 61)

Anson circumnavigated the world (1740 - 44) & captured the Manila Spanish treasure galleon. Was 1st Lord of the Admiralty (1751 – 62).

Arden Close

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Montague Road

 

1971

SP 490725

 

Forest of Arden

 

The Forest of Arden is the setting of "As You Like It", a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1599. Arden may be either the forest of the same name in Warwickshire or may refer to the forested area of the Ardennes in north east France.

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

 

Ariel Way

Bilton, Woodlamds Estate, off Wolsey Road

1964

SP 488726

“Ariel” a spirit who does the bidding of Prospero, the overthrown Duke of Milan.

Ariel is a character in “The Tempest”, a play by William Shakespeare that was written in 1610/11. Prospero is the main character in the play.

The names of most roads in the Woodlands Estate were selected by the Council “with regard to the quarter-centenary of the birth of Shakespeare.” (see also Shakespeare Gardens.)

Arnold Street

Town Centre, off Railway Terrace

1874

SP 507754

Dr Thomas Arnold DD (1795 - 1842)

Headmaster, Rugby School (1828 - 42)

Dr Arnold was famous for reforming the way the School was run, & turning its fortunes around.

Assheton Close

 

Bilton, off Magnet Lane

 

1965

 

SP 482736

 

The Assheton family

 

This family had a long association with Bilton from 1862 when the Rev Richard Orme Assheton MA (1836-1909) came to the village as its Rector (1862-1900).

 

Other prominent members of the Assheton family to live in Bilton were

1) the Rev William Orme Assheton (1866-1953), who succeeded his uncle, R O Assheton, as rector, and

2) William's son Nicholas Master Assheton (1905-94) who was mayor of Rugby in 1965-66.

Badby Leys

off Orson Leys

1964

SP 499732

Badby village, near Daventry, Northants

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

Badby’s origin is pre-Domesday and its name consists of an Old English personal name (Badda) and an Old Scandinavian (i.e. Viking) element, by, meaning ‘farmstead.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Bank Street

off Regent Street

1901

SP 504753

It is uncertain why this street was so named.

A former resident understood that it was to be named Post Office Street, after the nearby, new post office in Albert Street but due to dissatisfaction with the new premises, it was decided to name it Bank Street after the nearby, bank in Church Street that had a grander appearance.

Bank Street was part of the development by the Rugby Freehold Land Society of the Moat Estate.

Barby Road

off Hillmorton Road

see Notes column

SP 504749

Barby, Northampton-shire

It was the historic route between Rugby and Barby, known as the Barby road.

Matthew Bloxam recalled that “…in 1813 on the Barby Road there was no house or building, except a barn or two, for a mile.”

Barby is of Old Scandinavian (i.e. Viking) origin meaning ‘farmstead or village on the hill(s)’.

It probably started out as a bridle way. It was known as Watergate Street from the mid 18th cen to 1891 when it received its present name.

Barrington Road

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Frobisher Road

1960s

SP 481745

Samuel Barrington (1729 - 1800)

Admiral, RN (1787 – 90).

Apart from five years following the Treaty of Paris in 1763, most of his fifty year naval career from 1740 to 1790 was spent at sea.

A portrait of Barrington by Sir Joshua Reynolds can be seen at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Barton Road

Bilton, off Overslade Lane

1956

SP 490735

Clement Mervyn Barton (1885 - 1952)

Clement Barton resided at Red Lodge, Overslade Lane and owned the land on which Barton Road was built.

He was a former Army Captain and veterinary surgeon who, after WW1, devoted his life to breeding racehorses.

Bath Street

Town Centre, off Clifton Road

see Notes column

SP 507751

It was originally a narrow country lane, known as Bath Lane.

The lane is said to have been named from being the route taken by boys from Rugby School on their way to popular bathing places in the River Avon.

The lane was familiarly known as Pigstye Lane from the pig-houses on its eastern side at the town end.

It became a residential street from 1878.

Bawnmore Road

 

Bilton, off The Green

 

c1936

 

SP 484737

 

‘Bawnmore'

 

Bawnmore was a large house near to the present junction between Bawnmore Road and Overslade Lane.

 

The estate attached to Bawnmore House was about 35 acres in area. The part of the present Bawnmore Road between Dunchurch Road and the junction with Overslade Lane was originally known as Featherbed Lane after the nearby Featherbed Farm.

Beaconsfield Avenue

St Maries Estate, Off Churchill Road

1958

SP 502744

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG PC FSA (1804 – 81)

He was a British politician and writer. During his parliamentary career from 1837 to 1876, he held many political offices that included twice serving as Prime Minister. Following his ennoblement in 1876, he was Leader of the House of Lords until his death.

As he was ennobled late in life, he is better known as Disraeli.

Amongst his writings were 16 novels and several political non-fiction works including a political biography, the Life of Lord George Bentinck,

Beatty Drive

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Blackwood Avenue

1957

SP 486745

David Richard Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, (1871 - 1936)

Admiral of the Fleet, RN (1919 - 27). He became 1st Sea Lord in 1919.

He was well known to residents of the town and district as he frequently visited “The Moat” in Church Street, Rugby, the home of his father, Captain David Longfield Beatty, whilst on holiday from the Navy.

He was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Beckfoot Close

 

Brownsover, off Dunnerdale

 

1984

 

SP 517775

 

Beckfoot, Cumbria

 

Beckfoot is a coastal hamlet in the civil parish of Holme St Cuthbert, about 3 miles south of Siloth. It is about 25 miles to the west of the county town of Carlisle.

In the 2011 Census, Holme St Cuthbert parish had a population of 465.

 

Bell Walk

 

Hillmorton, off Wesley Road

 

 

SP 534738

 

Bell Inn, High Street, Hillmorton

 

The licensee of the Bell Inn, Mr Arnold Elliott, was also President of the National Association of Licensed Victuallers National Homes when they developed Bell Walk.

The homes in Bell Walk were built by the Association for retired publicans.

 

Belmont Road

Rokeby Estate, off Kingsway

1938

SP 501740

Belmont House, Sidmouth, Devon.

 

Richard Henry Wood (1820 – 1908), moved from Rugby to Belmont House in 1895 in order to take advantage of its mild climate. On his retirement in 1874 from a Manchester business career, Mr Wood lived in Rugby until his removal to Devon.

(See also the Biographies section of this website.)

Richard Henry Wood’s generosity helped to provide the town of Rugby with the Hospital of St Cross and a public library in St Matthews Street.

Rokeby Estate was built on part of the former Rokeby Farm estate that he had owned.

 

Bennfield Road

 

off West Leyes

 

1931

 

SP 499752

 

Bennfield House

 

Built in 1669 Bennfield House was the North Street family residence of the Benn family from 1813.

 

Bennfield House was demolished in 1930 and the site is now (2017) occupied by Barclays Bank. The 'field' in the name refers to land to the west of North Street, opposite, that was part of the house estate or gardens.

Benn Street

 

off Cromwell Road

 

1905

 

SP 511745

 

George Charles Benn BA (1822-1895)

 

G C Benn was the youngest of five brothers, none of whom had married. As each of them died much of their wealth was passed on to the surviving brothers until George Charles Benn became the custodian of the family wealth and a very rich man.

They all made generous contributions to Rugby and neighbouring communities.

 

The road was laid out by the Rugby Freehold Land Society on Naseby's Field which they purchased in 1902. 

Amongst his generosity to the town, George defrayed the cost of the new tower and spire on St Andrew's Church and also the erection of a school in Craven Road, (Benn School). He also bequeathed the "Shoulder of Mutton" and £6,000 to the Local Board of Health which was used by its successor, the Rugby Urban District Council, to erect the Benn Buildings in the High Street as its municipal offices. Today his memorial is the Benn Hall, adjoining the Town Hall.

Beswick Gardens

Bilton, off Bawnmore Road

1964

SP 487734

Joseph William Beswick (1888 - 1963)

Mayor of Rugby (1942-43); he was a member of the Rugby Urban District Council and its successor, the Rugby Borough Council, from 1925 until 1947.

By occupation, he was an engineer at the BTH in Rugby (1920 - 52). He was an active member of the Rotary Club in Rugby.

Biart Place

off Clifton Road

1967

SP 516755

Douglas Edgar Biart (1894 - 1986)

Clerk to Rugby UDC (1928 - 32) & and its successor, the Rugby Borough Council (1932 - 54).

When he retired he was made an honorary freeman of the town.

A highlight of his career was his successful presentation in 1932 of the petition by Rugby UDC to a Privy Council enquiry for a Charter of Incorporation as a Municipal Borough.

Bilton Road

Town Centre, off Corporation Street

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 500750

Bilton Village

It was the historic route from Rugby to Bilton & onward to the County town of Warwick. It was part of the Rugby & Warwick Turnpike (1818 -78).

In the mid 18th cen. that part of Bilton Road running south west from its junction with Lawford Road to Oakfield (a large residence/preparatory school) was known as Warwick Street.

In the Domesday Book ‘Bilton’ was spelt either as Beltone or as Bentone. Its original meaning (Old English) was possibly “farmstead where henbane grows”.

Blackwood Avenue

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Addison Road

1958

SP 488745

Sir Henry Blackwood KCB, (1770 - 1832)

Vice-Admiral, RN (1825 - 32)

Captain of frigate Euryalus at Trafalgar, 1805.

There is a memorial tablet for him in the west aisle of the north transept of Westminster Cathedral.

Blake Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Cunningham Way

1960s

SP 482745

Sir Geoffrey Blake KCB, (1882 - 1968)

Vice-Admiral, RN (1935 - 38)

In 1938 he retired early from active service due to ill health.

Bleaberry

 

Brownsover, off Copeland

 

1978

SP 511773

 

Bleaberry Tarn, Cumbria

 

Bleaberry Tarn lies in a corrie below the fells of Red Pike and High Stile. The stream Sour Milk Gill descends from the tarn to Buttermere.

 

Bleaberry is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

A tarn is a small lake in mountains, usually fomed by glaciers.

There is also a fell named Bleaberry with a height of 1,936 feet (590 m). It is on the main watershed between Thirlmere and Borrowdale.

Bloxam Gardens

off Bilton Road

1938

SP 496748

Matthew Holbeche Bloxam (1805 - 88) - see also Biographies section of this website.

A local antiquarian & solicitor (1827 - 88).

Until about 1990 the spelling on the street sign was ‘Bloxham’.

Lived in Rugby for all his life. He was an elected member of the Local Board of Health (1855 – 64) and was clerk to the Rugby Petty Sessions (1831 – 71)

Bloxam Place

off Warwick Street

1934

SP 501750

Matthew Holbeche Bloxam (1805 - 88) - see also Biographies section of this website.

A local antiquarian & solicitor (1827 - 88)

Prior to 1934, Bloxam Place was a private, un-named road from 1842 adjoining Bloxam's house in St Matthews Street.

Blyth Close

Cawston, off Turchill Road

2004

SP 475738

Charles Edward Blyth (1871-1940)

In 1911, Blyth took a 21 year lease of the Cawston House estate. In 1919 he purchased the property from its owner, the 1st Lord Waring, London art dealer and land speculator.

In 1925, the Cawston House estate was sold to the Hon. Kenneth Mackay, who later became Viscount Glenapp and the 2nd Earl of Inchcape.

Blyth was a member of Charles Nelson and Co Ltd, cement manufacturers of Stockton, Warwickshire.

Bond Street

New Bilton, off Bridget Street

(see also Reason column)

SP 496754

The reason behind this street name is not known.

see ‘Notes’ column

Prior to 1949 it was named Bull Street after the builder, W H Bull of Northampton. The name change took place following a petition by the residents.

At the meeting of the Borough Council that approved this change of name, it was implied that the street was renamed after the famous London street as none of its residents would object to the new choice of name.

Bonington Close

Lower Hillmorton, off Constable Road

1966

SP 536741

Richard Parkes Bonington (1802 – 28)

 English Romantic landscape painter.

His landscapes were mostly of coastal scenes, with a low horizon and large sky. He died of TB in London.

Borrowdale

 

Brownsover, off Grizedale

 

1976

SP 518775

 

Borrowdale, Cumbria

 

The civil parish of Borrowdale covers a considerable area south of Derwent Water in and around Borrowdale valley and includes several small settlements in the valley.

Borrowdale is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

In the 2011 Census the population of the parish of Borrowdale was 417.

Boswell Road

off Tennyson Avenue

1959

SP 494731

James Boswell (1740 – 95)

Scottish lawyer, diarist and author.

He met Dr Samuel Johnson on several occasions and toured Scotland with him in 1763. His last meeting with Johnson was in 1784. His Life of Samuel Johnson, considered by many to be the most celebrated biography in the English language, was published in 1791.

Boundary Road

off Hillmorton Road

1932

SP 516745

The boundary of Rugby Parish

Boundary Road runs along part of the boundary line between Rugby & Hillmorton parishes.

Prior to the boundary changes of 1932, it was also on the boundary line of Rugby Urban District Council.

Bowen Road

Hillmorton Paddox Estate, off Hillmorton Road

1925

SP 510742

Charles John Bowen Cooke J P (1859 - 1920)

The developer of the road, the Rugby Freehold Land Society, named it after Bowen Cooke, a former president (1903 - 20).

He was also the running superintendent at Rugby of the L&NW Railway and from 1909 until his death was chief mechanical engineer of the L&NWR

Bow Fell

 

Brownsover, off Hawlands

 

1975

SP 517770

 

Bowfell Mountain, Cumbria

 

Bowfell lies in the centre of the Lake District in the Southern Fells area. At 2,959 feet (902 m), Bowfell is the sixth highest mountain in the Lake District.

Bow Fell is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

The Ordnance Survey maps name the mountain as Bow Fell.

A fell is the local name for a mountain or hill.

Brafield Leys

off Norton Leys

1979

SP 501730

Brafield on the Green, a village south east of Northampton.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Braunston Place

 

off Percival Road

 

1936

SP 516737

 

Braunston, Northamptonshire

 

Braunston is a village to the east of Rugby just within the Northants boundary. In 2011 it had a population of 1759.

 

Braunston is of early Saxon origin and is recorded in the Domesday Book as Brandestone. The original meaning of the name was “farmstead of a man called Brant”.

Braunston became an important canal centre on the through route between the North and London, following a junction being made there in 1803 between the Oxford and Grand Junction canals.

Brindley Road

Hillmorton, off Lower Street

1966

SP 534742

James Brindley (1716 - 72)

A millwright, he became prominent as a builder of many of the early English canals. One of these was the Oxford Canal which passes near Rugby, although he died before it was completed

Brindley Road leads, via The Locks (qv), to a flight of three, doubled, locks on the Oxford Canal and some old buildings which were the local depot of the canal engineering department.

Bronte Close

off Clifton Road

1995

SP 514751

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (1816 - 55, 1818 - 48, 1820 – 49, respectively)

These sisters were renowned English novelists and poets.

A memorial tablet for the three sisters is in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey.

Bronte Close is on former site of the Rugby High School for Girls, which named one of its school houses after the sisters.

Browning Road

Hillmorton, Low Hills Estate, off Mellor Road

1961

SP 539738

Charles William Browning MBE (1880 - 1947)

He was a member of the Rugby Urban District Council and its successor, the Rugby Borough Council, from 1923 to 1945. He became mayor of Rugby (1936 - 37) and was also an alderman of both the Rugby Borough and Warwickshire County Councils.

He was the first Labour mayor, having been a trade union official and plasterer.

As part of his contribution to the town and the county he served on many public service committees.

Brudenell Close

Cawston, off Turchill Road

2002

SP 472736

George Brudenell, 1st Duke of Montagu (2nd creation) KG, PC, FRS (1712-90)

In 1730 he married Lady Mary, Montagu, daughter of John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu (1st creation). In 1749 they inherited the estates of the 2nd Duke, including Cawston and George assumed the surname “Montagu”. In 1766 he was created Duke of Montagu, a title which had become extinct with the death of his father-in-law.

He became the 4th Earl of Cardigan on the death of his father in 1732. On his death, only his daughters survived him, and thus the Dukedom again became extinct.

Much of his personal estate passed to his daughter, Elizabeth, who, in 1767, had married Henry, 2nd Duke of Buccleuch.

Buchanan Road

off Bilton Road

1937

SP 492745

David Buchanan BA (1830-1900)

He was a nationally known cricketer, having played for the Gentlemen of England and the All England Eleven. He was also a founder member & the first Captain of Warwickshire County Cricket Club (1882 - 83).

He was an elected member of the Local Board of Health and its successor, the Rugby Urban District Council (1881 - 99). Amongst his other local activities he was a player and officer of the Rugby Cricket Club and an officer of the Rugby Lawn Tennis Club.

Burnside

off Westfield Road

1938

SP 496746

 

It is presumed that it was so named because of the brook (or 'burn') that ran through the Westfield estate.

The road was built on the 31½ acre estate attached to Westfield House in Bilton Road.

Among the former owners of the estate was Richard Pennington (1799 - 1885), a retired cotton manufacturer and merchant.

Butlers Leap

off Clifton Road

see Notes column

SP 521759

Named after a Rugby School boy named Butler

The boy is famed for jumping clear over Clifton Brook where it was crossed by the Clifton Road. The road and brook have since been re-aligned, thereby preventing similar 'leaps' in modern times.

Matthew Bloxam thought the boy was Spencer Percival Butler (1828 - 1915), son of the Rev Dr Butler of Gayton, Northants. WD Rouse says he was another son, Arthur Gray Butler (1832 - 1909).

Butler’s Leap runs through an several industrial estates and has no residences.

Butlin Road

off Clifton Road

1920

SP 518754

Butlin family

Following the death of her husband, William Butlin (1730 - 91), a draper, Ann Butlin (1743 - 1826) acquired a banking business from Samuel Clay and re-named it Butlins Bank.

Ann Butlin's eldest child, William (1773 - 1837), managed the bank until his death. The Bank was then inherited by William's youngest sister, Maria Benn, née Butlin, (1787 - 1881) and passed into the ownership of the Benn family. (see also Benn Street.)

It was sold to the Lloyds Banking Company in 1868.

Buttermere

 

Brownsover, off Hawlands

 

1975

SP 519770

 

Buttermere village and lake, Cumbria

 

The village of Buttermere lies between the lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water and has the summit of Grasmoor to the north. Buttermere lake is quite small, being just 1¼ miles long by a ¼ mile wide and 75 feet deep.

Buttermere is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

The civil parish of Buttermere, which extends for a considerable area around the village, had a population of 121 in the 2011 Census.

Caldecott Street

Town centre, off Hillmorton Road

1879

SP 512747

Thomas Caldecott (1798 - 1875)

Lord of the Manor of Rugby (1826 - 75); High Sheriff of the County of Warwick.

He gave a site in Church Street, Rugby and paid for the erection of St Andrews Girls School (later known as Trinity Schools) upon it.

The land upon which Caldecott Street and Temple Street were built, was purchased by The Rugby Freehold Land Society (their Rugby Estate #2) in 1868 from the executors of the late Count Wratislaw (1788-1853).

Callier Close

Cawston, off Calvestone Road

2004

SP 476739

Nellie Gurney-Callier (1876-1956)

Miss Gurney-Callier ran Cawston House Girls School at Cawston House from 1938 to 1956. (For more information aboutCawston House see Creswell Place.)

Prior to 1938 her school was based in Leamington Spa and known as Shrublands Hall Girls School.

Calvestone Road

Cawston, off Lawford Lane

2002

SP 478743

Cawston, near Rugby, Warwickshire.

Calvestone was the name by which Cawston was known in the Domesday Book survey of 1086.

As time passed, the name Calvestone became Causton or Cawston.

The name Calvestone probably meant “Kalf’s Farm”.

Cambridge Street

off Clifton Road

1878

SP 512752

The reason behind this street name is not known.

As Cambridge Street was built about the same time as Oxford Street, it is presumed that both streets were named after the famous University towns.

Most clergy of the established church at that time obtained their degree at either Cambridge or Oxford University.

In 745 Cambridge was referred to as Grontabricc, meaning ‘bridge on the River Granta’. The name change from Grant- to Cam- is due to Norman influence.

Campbell Street

New Bilton, off Lawford Road

1890s

SP 493753

James Archibald Campbell (1807 - 1879)

An experimental & scientific dairy farmer who owned Newland Farm in New Bilton. Also a prominent Rugby businessman and magistrate.

He was resident in Rugby from about 1850 until his decease. Apart from his farm, his interests included The Rugby Advertiser (proprietor and editor 1852 to 1860), the Rugby Hospital, the Workmen's Rest in Castle Street, the Warwickshire Scripture Readers Society and the Liberal Association.

Capulet Close

 

Bilton Woodlands Estate, off Cymbeline Way

 

1966

SP 490727

 

The Capulet family of Verona, Italy, in Romeo and Juliet

 

"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) about 1595. In it Juliet, a Capulet, is one of the two lovers whose death reconciles the Capulets with their sworn enemies the Montagues. (see also Montague Road.)

 

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

 

Carew Walk

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Cunningham Way

1960s

SP 482744

Sir George Carew, (1504 - 45)

Admiral, RN (1545)

Died when the Mary Rose foundered.

Catesby Road

off Hillmorton Road

1935

SP 517744

Robert Catesby (c1572 - 1605)

He was one of the leading conspirators of the unsuccessful Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

He was the owner of Ashby St Ledgers Manor where much of the Gunpowder Plot was planned.

Cave Close

Cawston, off Trussell Way

2002

SP 470736

Margaret Cave

Margaret was the wife of Thomas Boughton (d. 1558)

Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, Cawston was granted by King Henry VIII to Thomas Boughton (d. 1558) in 1545.

On his death, the estate passed to his eldest son, Thomas, and then two years later, on the death of the latter without issue, to his second son, Edward (d. 1589)

 

Cavendish Close

Cawston, off Whitefriars Drive

2004

SP 473742

William Cavendish (1552-1626), 1st Earl of Devonshire

In 1619 Cavendish married his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Boughton (d. 1589) of Cawston. and widow of Sir Richard Wortley Kt.

Cavendish was the second son of Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick. He was ennobled as Baron Cavendish of Hardwick in 1605, and was made Earl of Devonshire in 1618. It reputedly cost him £10,900 to acquire this title.

Cawston Grange Drive

Cawston, off Coventry Road

2007

SP 474733

Cawston Grange, Warwickshire

The monks of Pipewell, a Cistercian abbey near Kettering in Northamptonshire possessed several granges in the vicinity of Dunchurch, with Cawston being the most valuable.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, Cawston was granted by King Henry VIII to Thomas Boughton (d. 1558) in 1545.

His younger son, Edward (d. 1589), inherited the land in 1560 and built Cawston Hall on it about 1585.

Cawston Way

Bilton, off Magnet Lane

1918

SP 484736

Cawston Manor, Warwickshire.

Cawston adjoins Bilton to the SW. The Duke of Buccleuch’s family formerly owned much land there.

The name was suggested by the developers, the Rugby Provident Permanent Benefit Building Society. This Society has now merged with the Hinckley Building Society to become the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society.

Chapel Street

Town centre, off Market Place

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 503752

The Wesleyan (or Methodist) Chapel, which was erected in 1823.

The name ‘Chapel Street’ was introduced to describe the road that led from Swan Street to West Street (now Corporation street), following the erection in it of the original Methodist chapel in 1823. By the time of the 1861 census return, the former Swan Street was also known as Chapel Street.

In 1869 a new, enlarged, Methodist Church was opened in Market Place. The whole of their Chapel Street and the former chapel premises was then devoted for used by their day schools.

Charlesfield Road

Rokeby Estate, off Kingsway

1949

SP 501740

The reason behind this street name is uncertain.

As the names chosen for most of the roads on the Rokeby Estate have clear associations with the family of R H Wood who owned the land on which the roads were built, ‘Charlesfield’ probably also has a family connection.

It is a distinct possibility that the first part of the road’s name refers to Mr Wood’s great nephew, Captain Charles Edward Anderson, (1890 – 1916) who was killed in action in France during WW1.

Charles Warren Close

off Railway Terrace

1988

SP 507753

Charles George Warren (1900-1992)

The Borough Council decided to reward Charles Warren for a lifetime of service dedicated to the town and community.

The close was built approximately on the route of Pinders Lane when the area between James Street and Railway Terrace was redeveloped. (see also Pinders Lane.)

Charles Warren had been employed by the Council as a road sweeper for forty years. He also worked as a volunteer for the St Johns Ambulance for much of his life.

In the Rugby Advertiser dated August 20, 1987, Mr Warren said that he was delighted to have a street named after him.

Charlotte Street

off Railway Terrace

1868

SP 507753

Charlotte Anne Wratislaw, née Keele (1799 - 1863)

This street was developed by Charlotte's husband Count William Ferdinand Wratislaw (1788 - 1853) on land that he owned.

see also William Street

Charter Road

 

off Balcombe Road

 

1934

 

SP 520737

 

Rugby Borough Council

 

Charter Road was named to commemorate the town receiving its Charter of Incorporation as a Borough, having previously been an urban district.

 

Thomas Arnold Wise (see also Wise Grove) was made 'Charter Mayor' for the incorporation ceremony. The Royal Charter was presented to him by the Right Honourable Sir Austen Chamberlain MP on behalf of King George V.

Charwelton Drive

 

Brownsover, Avon Park, off Staveley Way

 

1993

SP 520770

 

Charwelton, Northamptonshire.

 

Charwelton is a village and civil parish about 5 miles south of Daventry. Its name is derived from the River Cherwell which runs through the village.

Charwelton Drive is one of a small group of roads in Brownsover that were named after a village in or near the south of Northamptonshire.

In the 2011 Census the civil parish had a population of 220.

Chaucer Road

Hillside, off Norton Leys

1964

 

SP 498728

Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340 – 1400)

Hw was an administrator who held many important royal posts. He is also one of the greatest english poets.

He was buried in Westminster Abbey and the part of the south transept where his memorial exists is now known as Poets Corner.

Today he is best known as the author of The Canterbury Tales.

Cheshire Close

Bilton, off Lawford Lane

1967

SP 482738

Leslie Jack Cheshire (1900-76) OBE

 

He was a mechanical engineer of some note. He joined the BTH in 1922, later moving to English Electric. He collaborated with Sir Frank Whittle in the development of the jet engine for aircraft for which he was awarded the OBE in June 1947.

He lived for many years in Church Walk, Bilton. He was chairman of the Rugby Liberal Association.

On his retirement in 1963, he moved away from Rugby.

Church Street

Town Centre, from Market Place

see Notes column

SP 503752

The parish church of St Andrew

The parish church has been situated in Church Street since the 12th century.

Church Street is one of the ancient streets of the town and is where Lawrence Sheriff founded the Grammar School that became Rugby School.

Church Walk

Town Centre, off Lawrence Sheriff Street

 

SP 505749

The parish church of St Andrew

This road/footpath leads to the parish church from Lawrence Sheriff Street.

Until 1891 the part of Church Walk that adjoined Lawrence Sheriff Street was named Church Road

Churchill Road

St Maries Estate, off Dunchurch Road

1958

SP 501745

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, RA (1874 – 1965)

He was a statesman who was British Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. During his time over fifty years as a British politician, in addition to being Prime Minister he held many other government offices.

Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer and an artist. His writings included two biographies, three volumes of memoirs and several histories. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

In 1920, Churchill rented School Field, the Rugby home of H C Bradby, for the six week polo season.

Claremont Road

off Clifton Road

1897

SP 511751

Possibly named after the Claremont mansion, near Esher, Surrey.

Claremont mansion was the residence of several distinguished people between 1708 & 1930.

Having initially been built only as far as Wells Street, Claremont Road was extended in 1905 to Craven Road.

At the time the road was built in Rugby, the mansion was the residence of Princess Helena, (1861 - 1922), the widow of Prince Leopold (1853 - 84), Duke of Albany, the fourth and youngest son of Queen Victoria.

Clarence Road

New Bilton, off Campbell Street

1899

SP 494754

Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (1864 – 92)

He was the eldest son of King Edward VII, who he predeceased.

Duke of Clarence is a title which has been traditionally awarded to junior members of the English and British Royal families.

Clement Way

Cawston, off Turchill Road

2002

SP 472736

Ingelramus (or Ingelram) Clement

Ingelramus Clement, with his son William,  granted to the Abbey of Pipewell most of the land in Cawston that Clement had obtained, probably about 1150, from Siward de Ardern, the son of Turchil (see also Turchill Road).

The grant to Pipewell Abbey was confirmed by William before the Justices Itinerant at Northampton in 1171.

Clifton Road

off Church Street

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 506751

Clifton upon Dunsmore village

Part of the historic route from Rugby to Clifton. Apart from the Whitehall, the only building on Clifton Road to the east of Bath Street on the 1850 detailed map of Rugby parish was Bell’s Farm.

It became part of the Rugby and Harborough Turnpike (1801 - 78).

Collingwood Avenue

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Blackwood Avenue

1958

SP 487745

Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, (1748 - 1810)

Vice-Admiral, RN (1805 - 1810)

Was second in command to Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805 in the Royal Sovereign.

Coniston Close

 

Brownsover, off Hawlands

 

1972

SP 515769

 

Coniston village and Coniston Water.

 

Coniston lies on the western shore of Coniston Water, about 6 miles to the south west of Ambleside. About two miles to the west of Coniston is Coniston Old Man, whose summit is 2,634 feet (803m) high.

 

Coniston Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Coniston Water is the third longest lake in the Lake District.

The population of Coniston at the 2011 Census was 928.

Conrad Close

Hillside, off Norton Leys

1972

SP 497729

Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) [formerly Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski]

Following a career in the merchant navy of France and later of Great Britain, he became a writer in English of novels and short stories that received both critical and popular acclaim.

He was born of Polish parents and became a British subject in 1886.

Constable Road

Lower Hillmorton, off Brindley Road

1966

SP 536741

John Constable RA (1776 – 1837)

 English Romantic painter.

He is known particularly for his landscape paintings of the area around Dedham Vale in Suffolk—now known as "Constable Country".

Cook Close

 

Brownsover, off Stonehills

 

1972

SP 512771

Joan Lily Cook, (1914-80)

 

Miss Cook started teaching during WW2 and continued until she retired about 1973. She was head of Northlands First School in Pinders Lane for the last 15 years of her career.

Cook Close is one of a small group of roads In Brownsover that were named after former head teachers in the Borough.

Miss Cook was born in Rugby and educated at the Rugby High School, Kings College and London University. In her later life she was a governor of several of Rugby’s schools.

In 1979 she married William H R Hartwell.

Copeland

 

Brownsover, off Hollowell Way

 

1977

SP 513773

 

Copeland Forest

 

Copeland is one of the ancient forests of the Lake District and is located to the north of Wast Water.

 

Copeland is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Copeland is now also the name of a parliamentary constituency. It was created in 1983 from the former constituency of Whitehaven and boundary changes in 2010 have since extended it eastwards to include the town of Keswick.

Corbett Street

 

off Hunter Street

1884

SP 514754

Archibald Cameron Corbett (1856 - 1933), 1st Baron Rowallan

The street was built by Thomas Hunter (1827-88) the founder of the Thomas Hunter Wagon Works in Mill Road, It was named after Corbett by Hunter who was a supporter of the Liberal Party.

Corbett unsuccessfully contested the bye-election in June 1884 for the seat of North Warwickshire as a Liberal. This constituency included Rugby.

Cordelia Way

 

Woodlands Estate, Bilton, off Cymbeline Way

1966

SP 492726

 

‘Cordelia'

 

Cordelia is King Lear's youngest and favourite daughter. "King Lear" is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare about 1605.

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

Cornwallis Road

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Frobisher Road

1961

SP 480743

Sir William Cornwallis GCB, (1744 - 1819)

Admiral, RN (1799 - 1806)

He commanded the Channel Fleet from 1801 to 1804.

Corporation Street

 

off Newbold Road

 

1957

 

SP 501755

 

see Reason column

 

This name was chosen by the Borough Council as "the road would be the first new road in the central part of the town for a considerable time".

 

West Street that was replaced by Corporation Street, marked the western limit of the built up part of the town until further developments took place in the 1830s.

There are no residential properties on this road.

Coton Road

Hillmorton, off Featherbed Lane

1961

SP 530739

John Coton

He was the Vicar of Hillmorton St John the Baptist from 1442 to 1447.

Coton Road is one of a small group of roads in Hillmorton that were named after former vicars of St John the Baptist.

Cotterell Road

 

Newbold on Avon, off Norman Road

1949

 

SP 496767

Elizabeth Cotterell (1828-97)

 

Elizabeth was the wife (m. 1853) of the Rev. Theodosius Boughton-Leigh, vicar of Newbold on Avon

Her father was Thomas Cotterell, who had been a High Sheriff of London and Middlesex. in 1851.

Coverley Place

New Bilton, off Pendred Road

1937

SP 492750

Sir Roger de Coverley

He was a fictional character in The Spectator, who exemplified the values of an old country gentleman, "rather beloved than esteemed".

See also Steele Street.

The Council felt that the road should be given a name associated with Addison because it was near to Addison Road. It is also the name of an English country dance.

Cowan Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Cornwallis Road

1970

SP 480744

Sir Walter Henry Cowan KCB, (1871 - 1956)

Admiral, RN (1927 - 31).

Although long since retired from the Royal Navy, he saw action with the Commandos in WW2 at the age of seventy.

Craven Road

off Railway Terrace

c 1884

SP 508757

Presumably named after the Craven family, latterly the Earls of Craven.

Combe Abbey was the residence of the Craven family from 1622 to 1923. The road was initially named Craven Street

The Craven family held the patronage of St Andrew's Church, Rugby from 1767 to the 20th century.

Creswell Place

Cawston, off Whitefriars Drive

2005

SP 473742

Harry Bulkley Creswell FRIBA (1869-1960)

H B Creswell almost entirely rebuilt Cawston Lodge in 1907 for the 6th Duke of Buccleuch. It then became known as Cawston House.

During the early part of the 20th century, Creswell was one of the country’s foremost architects. Among his designs was the turbine factory that was built in 1901-06 for Willans & Robinson at Queensferry, Flintshire. He was also the author of a number of novels.

Cromwell Road

off Hillmorton Road

1905

SP 518747

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

 

Cromwell, a Puritan, became the 1st Lord Protector of the Common-wealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (1653-58) following the Civil War.

 

It is said that non-conformists "who once were the main inhabitants of that part of the town" had their way in the naming of Cromwell Road. The road was laid out by the Rugby Freehold Land Society on Naseby's Field which they purchased in 1902. (see also Naseby Road.)

Culworth Close

 

Brownsover, Avon Park, off Charwelton Drive

 

1993

SP 521770

 

Culworth, Northamptonshire

 

Culworth is a village and civil parish about 7 miles north of Brackley and about 7 miles north east of Banbury.

 

Culworth Close is one of a small group of roads in Brownsover that were named after villages in or near South Northamptonshire.

In the 2011 Census the civil parish had a population of 445.

Cunningham Way

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Frobisher Road

1964

SP 482745

Andrew Browne Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope (1883 - 1963)

Admiral of the Fleet, RN (1943 - 1946)

Became 1st Sea Lord during WW2.

Curie Close

off Clifton Road

1995

SP 515752

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867 – 1934)

Polish physicist and chemist, famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity

Curie Close is on former site of Rugby High School for Girls, which named one of its school houses after her.

Cymbeline Way

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Longrood Road

 

1966

SP 496728

 

Cymbeline, King of Britain

 

Cymbeline was a play written by William Shakespeare. It is not known when he wrote it, but the first known production was in 1611.

In the play, King Cymbeline was the Celtic King of Britain in thrall to the Romans.

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

Dalkeith Avenue

Bilton, off Bawnmore Road

1912

SP 486735

Earl of Dalkeith

The eldest son and heir to the Duke of Buccleuch is given the courtesy title of Earl of Dalkeith.

The Dukes of Buccleuch and their family members owned much land in Dunchurch and Bilton in the 19th century.

The name was suggested by the developers, the Rugby Provident Permanent Benefit Building Society. This Society has now merged with the Hinckley Building Society to become the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society.

David Road

off Barton Road

1955

SP 490736

Dr Albert Augustus David (1867 - 1950)

Headmaster of Rugby School (1910 - 21) & Bishop of Liverpool (1923 - 44)

He was also a master at Rugby School (1892 - 99) and headmaster of Clifton School (1905 - 09). As headmaster of Rugby School his unorthodox views on teaching met with considerable opposition in some quarters.

Deane Road

Hillmorton, off Deerings Road

1955

SP 534739

The Right Rev Frederick Llewellyn Deane (1868 – 1952).

He was Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney (1917 - 43). Whilst a teenager he had attended a private school in Rugby, from where he matriculated in 1887 at Keble College, Oxford.

His father, the Rev Francis Hugh Deane (1820 – 1904), had briefly been a curate at Hillmorton (1847- 49) and later was the Rector of South Kilworth, Leics (1887 – 1904).

Derwent Close

 

Brownsover, off Foxons Barn Road

 

1971

SP 513769

 

Derwent Water, Cumbria

 

Derwent Water is a lake in Borrowdale adjacent to the town of Keswick in the Lake District. The River Derwent flows through the lake.

Derwent Water is approximately 3 miles long by 1 mile wide and has a maximum depth of about 72 feet.

 

Derwent Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Alternatively it could have been named after the River Derwent in the Peak District, Derbyshire, as a small number of roads in Brownsover were named after places in this National Park. This River Derwent is about 50 miles long and flows into the River Trent, near to Derby.

Devonshire Close

Cawston, off Calvestone Road

2004

SP 477742

William Cavendish (1552-1626), 1st Earl of Devonshire

Cavendish’s second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Boughton (d. 1589) of Cawston and widow of Sir Richard Wortley. (see also Wortley Close)

Cavendish was made Earl of Devonshire in 1618. It reputedly cost him £10,900 to acquire this title.

(see also Cavendish Close.)

Dewar Grove

Hillmorton, Abbott's Farm Estate, off McKinnell Crescent

1965

SP 524750

William Dewar (1846 - 1917)

He was chairman of Rugby Urban District Council (1909 – 12).

He was also an assistant master at Rugby School from 1888 - 1911.

Dickens Road

Hillside, off Norton Leys

1964

SP 497730

Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 -70)

Throughout his literary career Dickens wrote many novels whose success made him the most popular novelist of the 19th century.

He was buried in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey.

He wrote fifteen novels, most of which were the best-sellers of the day. They were serialized in weekly and monthly magazines before being published in standard book format. Amongst his many other writings were a large number of short stories including several Christmas-themed stories, and several non-fiction works.

Ditton Close

Bilton, off Nelson Way

1950

SP 482738

Thames Ditton, Surrey

Willans and Robinson, which was one of the businesses that amalgamated in 1918 to form English Electric, made high-speed reciprocating steam engines at their Ferry Works site at Thames Ditton, from the 1870s until they moved to Rugby in 1896.

The houses in Ditton Close were built to provide accommodation for English Electric employees.

Dovedale Close

 

Brownsover, off Hollowell Way

 

1975

 

SP 512773

 

Dovedale , Derbyshire

 

Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District that was cut by the River Dove through the surrounding limestone rock in the ice age. The valley runs for about 3 miles from Milldale in the north and a wooded ravine near Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south and is about 3 miles north of Ashbourne, the nearest town.

Dovedale Close is a road in Brownsover that was named after a place in the Peak District National Park.

Dovedale is in the south of the National Park and is now one of the most visited natural tourist sites in Britain.

 

Drayton Leys

off Orson Leys

1973

SP 500731

The hamlet of Drayton within the parish of Daventry, Northants.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose communities in Northamptonshire is not known.

Dreyer Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Cornwallis Road.

1990s

SP 481748

Sir Frederic Charles Dreyer GBE, KCB (1878 - 1956)

Admiral, RN (1932 - 43)

His son, Sir Desmond Parry Dreyer (1910 – 2003), was also an admiral.

Drury Lane

off Warwick Street

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 504750

Drury Lane Theatre, London

It was a mediaeval lane. Previously known as Back Lane and then Tinkers Lane.

A troupe of players from the London theatre played there.

Dryden Place

New Bilton, off Steele Street

1935

SP 491751

John Dryden (1631 - 1700).

He was an English poet, literary critic and playwright who became Poet Laureate in 1688.

The Council felt that the road should be given a name associated with Addison's contemporaries because it was near to Addison Road.

He is buried in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Duffy Place

 

Hillmorton, off High Street

 

1968

 

SP 532736

 

Thomas Leo Duffy (1906-73)

 

He joined the staff of the Rugby UDC in 1928 and became assistant town clerk in 1930.  He was then appointed as town clerk of Rugby Borough Council in 1954 until his retirement in 1966.

He was a native of Middlesborough and started his career in the town clerk's department in the county borough of Darlington. He was appointed as an honorary freeman of the Borough of Rugby, for his long and distinguished service to the town.

Dukes Jetty

Town Centre, off High Street

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 503751

Arthur Joseph Dukes (1887 - 1965)

Mayor of Rugby (1949 - 50).

This short passage or "jetty" is of ancient origin, but was not named until 1956.

The Dukes’ family for many years had an ironmongery and grocery business in Sheep Street, Rugby. In its early days the entrance to their residence was in the "jetty".

Duncan Drive

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Juliet Drive

 

1968

SP 486725

 

Duncan, King of Scotland

 

Duncan features in Macbeth a tragedy written about 1606.by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

Dunchurch Road

off Warwick Street

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 502750

Dunchurch Village

This was the historic route between Rugby & Dunchurch, and known as the Dunchurch road.

Matthew Bloxam recalled that in 1813 there were no buldings in Dunchurch Road for upward of two miles, the area opposite the School playing fields being a corn field.

It probably started out as a bridle way. The first quarter mile between Warwick Street & Oak Street was known by the mid-Victorians as Dunchurch Street. It became part of the Rugby & Lutterworth Turnpike (1785 - 1878).

In the Domesday Book it was named as ‘Duneschirche’. The meaning of this old English name was probably “church of a man called Dun(n)”.

Dunnerdale

 

Brownsover, off Helvellyn Way

 

1982

SP 517773

 

Hall Dunnerdale, Cumbria

 

Hall Dunnerdale is a hamlet within the civil parish of Dunnerdale with Seathwaite which is spread along the Duddon valley of the Lake District. It is located about 6 miles north of Broughton in Furness and 34 miles west of Kendall.

Dunnerdale is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

In the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish of Dunnerdale with Seathwaite was 119.

Durrell Drive

Cawston, off Trussell Way

2002

SP 470734

George Darrell

George Darrell married Susanna Boughton, widow, (nee Brockett) at Newbold on Avon in 1591. She was the relict of Edward Boughton of Cawston (d. 1589).

Although George’s surname was spelt as ‘Darrell’ in the 1591 parish record of the marriage, spelling was inconsistent at that time and ‘Durrell’ as in the modern road name could have been an alternative spelling.

Dyson Close

Hillmorton, off Featherbed Lane

1965

SP 541742

Frank Dyson (1886 - 1969)

Having been elected to Rugby Rural District Council in 1919, he then became a member of the newly-formed Borough Council from 1932 to 1955. He was also Mayor of Rugby (1946-47).

He was also a builder and undertaker in Hillmorton.

Eastfield Place

Town Centre, off Little Church Street

Prior to 1841

SP 504751

Eastfield House

This street was known as New Street until 1935 when it was renamed to avoid confusion with the longer New Street in New Bilton.

‘Eastfield' appears in the 1871 census. Eastfield House became a preparatory school attached to the Arnold High School until its present use as the Masonic Hall.

The name New Street appears in the 1841 census returns for Rugby.

Eastlands Road

off Clifton Road

1927

SP 516753

Eastlands Farm

The road was built on part of the former farm.

It has not been established how the farm obtained its name.

East Union Street

Town centre, off Dunchurch Road

A map of 1849 names this road as Union Street.

SP 502748

The origin of this street name is not known.

The name of this street was recorded as East Union Street in the 1851 census return for Rugby.

It provided a connecting link between the southern end of Union Street and Dunchurch Road. It initially may have been part of Union Street.

Ecton Leys

off Fawsley Leys

1982

SP 503732

Ecton, a village east of Northampton.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, used for grazing animals.

The village was known as Echentone in the Domesday Book, meaning “farmstead of a man called Ecca”.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Eden Road

Abbott’s Farm Estate, Hillmorton, off Vere Road

1957

SP 526743

Thomas Bainbridge Eden (1856 - 1944)

He was chairman of the Rugby UDC (1900 - 03)

He was the headmaster of Hillbrow Preparatory School (1889 – 1908) in Barby Road. He had previously been teaching at Orwell House Preparatory School, Clifton on Dunsmore.

Edwin Close

Cawston off Calvestone Road

2001

SP 475735

Edwin

The Domesday Book says that a man named ‘Edwin’ held Calvestone (Cawston) prior to 1066.

Edwin was a common name at this time and it is difficult to determine whether any of the other “Edwins” mentioned in the Warwickshire section of the Domesday Book was the holder of Cawston.

Edyvean Close

 

Bilton, off Bawnmore Road

 

1983

SP 491728

 

Norman Edyvean-Walker (1894-1974)

 

Edyvean Close was built on land off Dunchurch Road on which his house and garden were situated. The original field that his home was built upon was known as Spinney Close.

 

Until his retirement, Norman Edyvean-Walker was a solicitor in the family firm from 1913.He was also a non-executive director of Rugby Portland Cement Company. He became a deputy lieutenant of Warwickshire in 1952. He was made an honorary freeman of Rugby in 1969 in recognition of his many interests in the Borough which included the British Legion and St Cross Hospital.

Elborow Street

off Corporation Street

1835

SP 500751

Richard Elborowe jun (c1645 - 1707)

see also 'Biographies' section of this website.

Local benefactor & freeman of London who founded the Elborow charity school & almshouses in Rugby.

The site of this street was owned in the 17th cen. by Richard Elborowe and in the early 19th cen. by Dr R R Bloxam (1765-1840), an assistant master at Rugby School (1791-1827), who sold it for residential development.

Elsee Road

Town Centre, off Moultrie Road

1901

SP 507750

Charles Elsee MA (1830 - 1912)

Assistant Master, Rugby School (1860 - 1901); Chairman of Rugby UDC (1895 - 1900); County Councillor (1888 - 1910); County Alderman (1910 - 12).

He was a member of the Board of Management of the Hospital of St Cross from 1887, being its Chairman from 1893 to his death in 1912; he was also a Governor of the Lawrence Sheriff School. Elsee Road was built on Reynolds Field, part of the St Andrew’s glebe lands.

Elter Close

 

Brownsover, off Bow Fell

 

1974

SP 517771

 

Elter Water, Cumbria

 

Elter Water is a small lake about half a mile south east of the village of Elterwater. The river Brathay flows in an easterly direction from Elter Water to join Windermere near Ambleside.

Elter Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Elter Water has a maximum length of 1,030 yards and a maximum width of 350 yards. Its maximum depth is only 20 feet.

Ennerdale

 

Brownsover, off Grizedale

 

1975

SP 513773

 

Ennerdale Water, Cumbria

 

Ennerdale Water is the most westerly lake in the National Park and at about 2½ miles long, one of the smallest in the area. It is about eight miles to the east of Whitehaven and about a mile to the east of the small village of Ennerdale Bridge.

Ennerdale is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Ennerdale is fed by the river Liza, and flows out along the River Ehen to the sea near Sellafield.

 

Eskdale

 

Brownsover, off Borrowdale

 

1976

SP 512773

 

Eskdale, Cumbria

 

Eskdale is a glacial valley and civil parish in the western Lake District. The River Esk rises on Bow Fell mountain and runs through the valley to its estuary at Ravenglass

 

Eskdale is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs through the valley from Ravenglass to its eastern terminus at Dalegarth near Boot.

At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish was 304.

Evans Road

Admirals Estate, Bilton, off Frobisher Road

1963

SP 482746

Edward Radcliffe Russell Garth Evans, 1st Baron Mountevans KCB DSO (1881 - 1957)

Admiral RN (1936 - 41)

He was in command of the Terra Nova the support ship that accompanied Scott's ill fated expedition of 1910-13 to the South Pole. He was in command of the destroyer HMS Broke in 1917 when it and the destroyer HMS Swift defeated 6 German destroyers in the Dover Straight. He later became Commander in Chief, The Nore, one of the Navy's major home commands  (1935 - 39)

Everest Road

Bilton, off Overslade Lane

 

1954

SP 493737

Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain at 29,035 feet.

 

Thus road was named to commemorate the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary in June 1953. (see also Hillary Road.)

It is one of the many Himalayan high peaks in Nepal.

 

Evreux Way

Town Centre, off North Street

1966

SP 503754

Evreux, Normandy,  France

The Borough Council chose this name for the section of Newbold Road in front of the Town Hall that had become separated by a roundabout from the remainder during the construction of Corporation Street.

Rugby was twinned with Evreux in 1959.

Eydon Close

 

Brownsover, off Staveley Way

 

1993

SP 520768

 

Eydon, Northamptonshire

 

Eydon is a village and civil parish about 8 miles northeast of Banbury.

 

Eydon Close is one of a small group of roads in Brownsover that were named after a village in or near south Northamptonshire.

In the 2011 Census its population was 422.

Falstaff Drive

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Montague Road

 

1966

SP 489724

 

Sir John Falstaff

 

He is a fictional character who appears on stage in three of Shakespeare's plays, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and also in the Merry Wives of Windsor.

 

He is also referred to, without him making a stage appearance, in Henry V.

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

Faraday Road

 

off Pytchley Road

 

1932

SP 511741

 

Michael Faraday FRS (1791-1867)

 

Michael Faraday was an English chemist and physicist whose discoveries made significant contributions to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1824.

The SI unit of capacitance, the farad, was named after him.

A plaque in his memory is in Westminster Abbey near to Isaac Newton's tomb. He is interred in Highgate Cemetery.

 

Fawsley Leys

off Long Furlong

1965

SP 500735

Fawsley, a ‘lost’ village near to Daventry, Northants.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Fenwick Drive

off High Street, Hillmorton

1939

SP 534736

George Anthony Fenwick, (c1841 - 1912)

Fenwick Drive was built on site of his house, The Croft, High Street, Hillmorton.

He was a retired banker from Newcastle upon Tyne where he was born.

Ferndown Road (including Ferndown Terrace)

 

Bilton, Overslade Estate, off Hudson Road

 

1949

SP 490742

 

Ferndown Golf Club, near Bournemouth, Dorset.

 

These roads were named after a favourite golf course by the builder, David Mitchell and his associates.

 

Ferndown Golf Club was founded in 1912. It is considered to be one of the leading courses in the South West. It has hosted many important amateur and professional events including the Women's British Open in 1989.

Field View

Cawston, off Gold Avenue

2004

SP 476736

Cawston playing field.

Field View overlooks the public and Bilton School playing fields.

 

Finmere

 

Brownsover, off Staveley Way

 

1993

SP 520769

 

Finmere, Oxfordshire

 

Finmere is a village and civil parish south of the River Great Ouse. It is about 4 miles west of Buckingham in Buckinghamshire and about 4 miles east of Brackley in Northamptonshire.

Finmere is one of a small group of roads in Brownsover that was named after a village in or near south Northamptonshire. In the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish was 466.

 

Firs Drive

 

Town Centre, off Russelsheim Way.

 

1981

 

SP 500748

 

The Firs

 

This road name is derived from The Firs, a private house with a large garden, on which Firs Drive was built as part of the Gyratory System development.

For many years, The Firs was the home of the BTH Girls Club.

 

Fisher Avenue

Hillmorton Paddox, off Ashlawn Road

1928

SP 524735

Benjamin Holden Fisher (1822 - 89)

He was the first secretary (1866 - 89) of the Rugby Land Society, which developed this road.

His son William Thomas Fisher (1852 - 1927) succeeded him as secretary of the Society (1889 - 1926).

Fleet Crescent

 

Abbotts Farm Estate, off Loverock Crescent.

 

1955

SP 523745

 

John Thomas Fleet (1870-1953)

 

He had been a member of the UDC from 1921. When the UDC became a Borough in 1932, he was made an Alderman until his retirement from the Council in 1948. He was also a Mayor of Rugby (1934-35).

His occupation was as a chemist and druggist in Sheep Street.

 

Follager Road

off Gladstone Street

2005

SP 495757

Hugh Francis Fullagar (1872 – 1916)

He was a consulting engineer who patented a type of diesel engine. Willans and Robinson and its successor, English Electric, manufactured stationary engines to his basic design until the early 1950s.

The road was built on land formerly owned by Willans & Robinson and its successors. Rugby Borough Council admitted that they had mis-spelt the road name but said that it would be too disruptive to the residents to correct the road sign.

Fornside Close

 

Brownsover, off Dunnerdale

 

1984

SP 516774

 

Fornside, Cumbria

 

Fornside is a hamlet about 4 miles south east of Keswick. It is part of the civil parish of St John's Castlerigg and Wythburn.

Fornside Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

(see also Wythburn Way)

Fosterd Road

Newbold Glebe Estate, off Newbold Road

1950

SP 496766

Richard Fosterd

He bequeathed land & property in Frankton to provide an income for the maintenance of the Avon Bridge in Newbold Road.

An 1835 Parliamentary report of an enquiry into Charities states that the bequest was made by a Will bearing date 10th August 1508. Elsewhere the date is given as 1558.

Fox Close

 

Hillmorton, off Lower Street

 

1978

SP 536740

 

Leonard Braines Fox (1902-71)

 

Leonard Fox had been a Ratepayer councillor on Rugby Borough Council (1937-58). Uniquely for Rugby BC, he served two separated terms as Mayor (1951-52 & 1957-58).

His occupation had been a mechanical engineer.

 

Francis Drive

Cawston, off Stonehall Road

2001

SP 472740

Francis Boughton (1642-1707) of Cawston Hall.

Francis Boughton inherited the manor of Cawston from his uncle, William Boughton (1623-63), who died without issue.

 

When Francis died, also without issue, the manor passed to a kinsman, Edward Boughton of Church Lawford.

In his will, Francis Boughton bequeathed £400 to buy land and build a free school for the children of Dunchurch which continues to exist today (2017) as a voluntary aided Church school.

Franklin Close

 

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Nelson Way

 

 

SP 483539

 

John Franklin (1786-1847) KCH FRGS

 

Rear Admiral, RN.  He served in the Royal Navy from 1800 until his death in 1847. He was promoted posthumously in 1852 to Rear Admiral of the Blue because it had been presumed by the Admiralty that he was still alive.

 

Whilst in the Royal Navy he participated in several historic voyages and naval battles, including the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 with HMS Bellerophon. He was knighted by George IV in 1829. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) from 1836 to 1843. In 1845 he was appointed commander of his third expedition to the Arctic.The expedition was unsuccessful and all the crew members perished whilst attmpting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest.Passage.

Frederick Press Way

 

off Oliver Street

 

 

SP 498752

 

Frederick James Press (1909-64)

 

He was mamber of the Rugby Borough council from 1943, including being mayor in 1953-54 and becoming an alderman in 1961. He was also appointed as a JP for Warwickshire in 1952.

 

By profession he was an architect and surveyor. In this capacity he was responsible for laying out many of the estates in Hillmorton Paddox and Southlands as well as Hart Close. Among his other interests were the Rugby Theatre and the Old Murrayian Society.

Freemantle Road

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Blackwood Avenue

1959

SP 486745

Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle, GCB, (1765 - 1819)

Vice-Admiral, RN (1815 - 1819). Despite the origin of the name, the road name has always been spelt with a double 'e'.

Captain of the Neptune at Trafalgar & personal friend of Nelson. Other admirals in the Royal Navy who had this surname included Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle (1836-1929) and his eldest son, Sir Sydney Robert Fremantle (1867-1958), who were promoted to Admiral in 1896 and 1922 respectively.

Frobisher Road

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Lawford Lane

1964

SP 480742

Sir Martin Frobisher (c1535 - 1594)

Admiral, RN,

New World explorer who unsuccessfully sought the North West Passage.

Furness Close

 

Brownsover, off Scafell

 

1982

SP 518774

 

Furness, Cumbria

 

Furness is an area of southern Cumbria on the northern side of Morecambe Bay. The area may be split into two; Low Furness and High Furness. The former consists of the headland between the Duddon estuary in the west and Morecambe Bay to the east and includes the town of Barrow. High Furness extends into the Lake District beyond Coniston and Hawkshead and includes the Furness Fells.

Although much of Furness lies within the Lake District National Park, most of its population of 91,563 at the 2011 Census lies to the south beyond the boundary of the National Park. The borough of Barrow is by far the largest population centre, having three quarters of Furness's total.

Furness is bounded in the west by the Duddon river and in the east by Lake Windermere.

 

Gabor Close

 

Brownsover, off Kinman Way

 

1997

SP 511765

 

Dennis Gabor (1900-79) CBE FRS

see also 'Biographies' section of this website

Dennis Gabor was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics (1971) for his invention of holography in 1947 whilst working at the BTH.

 

Dennis Gabor was born in Hungary and in 1933 fled from Nazi Germany where he was working. He then worked at the BTH in Rugby until 1948 when he moved to Imperial College, London. He became a professor of applied physics there in 1958.

Gainsborough Crescent

Lower Hillmorton, off Constable Road

1966

SP 536741

Thomas Gainsborough RA  (1727 – 88)

English painter.

A prolific painter of portraits and landscapes.

Garyth Williams Close

Overslade, off Marlborough Road

1991

SP 493738

Garyth Nicholas S Williams (1976 - 90)

When the original Mayfield Grove houses (built in 1947) were demolished in 1990 and replaced with new, the road was renamed in his memory.

Garyth died in a road accident whilst on his bicycle. He lived in one of the original Overslade Estate houses and had been one of those who had campaigned against their demolition.

Gas Street

 

off Castle Street

 

see Notes column

 

SP 505752

 

The Rugby Gas Company

 

Town gas for Rugby was first produced in 1838 at the nearby Railway Terrace works.

 

Prior to being named as Gas Street, this street was an unnamed part of a crowded area known as "Horsepool End", after the nearby natural pool in Church Street, frequently used for watering horses.

Gerard Road

Cawston, off Calvestone Road

2002

SP 476738

Gerard de Lega

Gerard de Lega was the 11th Abbot of Pipewell Abbey in the early part of the 13th century. (His actual dates as Abbot were not recorded.) Pipewell owned much land in the Dunchurch area, including Cawston.

W Dugdale in his “Antiquities of Warwickshire” of 1656, says that the chief men of Thurlaston united to claim pasture rights on Cawston Common, but Abbot Gerard de Lega stood firm against them, and obtained a verdict in favour of the Abbey at the Warwickshire Assizes.

Gibson Drive

Lower Hillmorton, off Lower Hillmorton Road

1966

SP 527744

Sidney George Gibson (1884 - 1965)

 

He was Mayor (1955-56) and a member of the Borough Council (1947 - 58).

 

He had a plumbing & heating engineering business and served as president of the Institute of Plumbers for a year.

Gladstone Street

off Avenue Road

1902

SP 494755

William Ewart Gladstone (1809 - 98)

He held 19 senior posts in government including 4 periods as Liberal prime minister between 1835 & 1894.

He represented 5 constituencies as a member of Parliament between 1832 & 1895. He was buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey.

Glaramara Close

 

Brownsover, off Foxons Barn Road

 

1974

SP 515770

 

Glaramara Fell, Cumbria.

 

This fell is in the centre of the Lake District National Park. It is part of long ridge that runs for over six kilometres from Stonethwaite, in Borrowdale, to the mountain pass of Esk Hause.

 

Glaramara Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

The summit of Glaramara, 2569 feet (783 m) high, is the central point of the ridge.

A fell is the local name for a mountain or hill.

Gold Avenue

Cawston, off Calvestone Road

2002

SP 474737

The Princess Gold of Sarawak.

Princess Gold was the eldest daughter of the Rajah of Sarawak, who in 1933 became the second wife of the 2nd Earl of Inchcape

The Inchcape family owned Cawston House from 1925 to 1937.during which time the estate was increased from 170 to over 400 acres and the house was improved.

Goldsmith Avenue

Hillside, off Dunchurch Road

1964

SP 497730

Oliver Goldsmith (c1728 – 74)

He was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet. There is a memorial tablet and bust of him in Poets Corner, Westminster Abbey.

He is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his poem The Deserted Village that laments the effect of enclosure upon traditional village life, and his play She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy of manners.

Grasmere Close

 

Brownsover, off Hawlands

 

1972

SP 517770

 

Grasmere village and lake, Cumbria.

 

Grasmere is a village in the Lake District and takes its name from the nearby lake. Grasmere is about 3 miles north west of Ambleside and is within the large civil parish of Lakes that includes the town of Ambleside.

The lake is both fed and drained by the River Rothay on its way to Windermere via Rydal Water..

Grasmere Close is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

In the 2011 Census the civil parish of Lakes had a population of 4,420.

Grasmere is one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District being 1,680 yards long, 700 yards wide and has a maximum depth of 70 feet. See also Rydal Close.

Great Borne

 

Brownsover, off Ennerdale

 

1987

SP 514775

 

Great Borne fell, Cumbria

 

Great Borne is a fell in the Lake District, It is midway between the Ennerdale and Buttermere valleys and has a summit height of 2,021 feet (616 m).

Great Borne is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

 

Greenhill Road

Overslade Estate, off Wentworth Road

1948

SP 496743

Nicholas Greenhill MA (d 1604)

Headmaster, Rugby School (1581 - 1604)

 

Grendon Drive

 

Brownsover, Avon Park, off Staveley Way

1993

SP 521772

 

Grendon, Northamptonshire

Grendon is a village about 8 miles to the east of Northampton on the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Grendon Drive is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a village in or near to the south of Northamptonshire.

In the 2011 Census the population of Grendon was 544.

Grenville Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Frobisher Road

1961

SP 481744

Sir Richard Grenville, Kt, (1541 - 91)

Vice- Admiral of the Fleet (1591)

He was captured and died of his wounds whilst attempting to intercept the Spanish Treasure Fleet. He also took part in the fight against the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Grizedale

 

Brownsover, off Hollowell Way

 

1976

SP 513773

 

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

 

Grizedale Forest is a woodland about 6,000 acres in area. It is to the east of Coniston Water and south of Hawkeshead.

There is also a hamlet named Grizedale in the middle of the Forest. This hamlet is part of the civil parish of Satterthwaite.

Grizedale is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

Grizedale Forest is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a popular tourist destination, having provision for several outdoor activities.

The population of Satterthwaite parish was 215 at the 2011 Census.

Hamlet Close

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Ariel Way

1967

SP 489726

 

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote the tragedy, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, about 1600.

When the Woodlands Estate was laid out in 1964 the Council selected road names "having regard to the quarter centenary of Shakespeare's birth" in 1564.

Hampden Way

Bilton, off Beswick Gardens

 

1912

SP 486732

Thomas Walter Brand, 3rd Viscount Hampden GCVO KCB CMG KSU JP (1869-1958).

Lady Katherine Mary Montagu Douglas-Scott (1875-1951), daughter of the sixth Duke of Buccleuch a local landowner, married the third Viscount Hampden in 1899.

The name was suggested by the developers, the Rugby Provident Permanent Benefit Building Society. This Society has now merged with the Hinckley Building Society to become the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society.

Viscount Hampden became a Brigadier-General in the British Army.

Hardy Close

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Cunningham Way

1964

SP 483744

Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, 1st Baronet (1769 - 1839)

Vice-Admiral, RN (1837 - 39)

He was Nelson's Flag Captain at Trafalgar in 1805.

Harold Cox Place

 

Bilton, Woodlands Estate, off Cymbeline Way

1990

SP 491725

 

Harold Ernest Cox (1900-94)

 

Harold Cox was mayor of Rugby (1972-73). He formally opened this road that bears his name.

 

He was an engineer who spent his working life from 1919 at the BTH and its successors, to eventually being the Director of Manufacture at AEI Industrial Group, when he retired in 1965..

Harrison Close

Hillmorton, Low Hills Estate, off Mellor Road

1961

SP 539738

Joshua Clarke Harrison (1876 - 1954)

Mayor of Rugby (1937 - 38) and was an alderman of the Borough Council until he retired in 1945.

He was a grocer by trade and first became a councillor in 1921 in the Rugby UDC.

Hart Close

off Lower Hillmorton Road

1938

SP 519745

Rev. Sheldon Robert Hart MA (1863 - 1944)

He was headmaster of the Lawrence Sheriff School (1905 - 21)

Hart Field, the school's playing field, was named after him.

Haswell Close

 

off Benn Street

 

1959

 

SP 510745

 

William Haswell (1810-74)

 

William Haswell at his death was described as a saddler, maltster and farmer. Haswell Close was built on part of his farm. He had also been a parish constable and a member of the Rugby Local Board of Health.

Another part of the site of his farm which was known as Haswell's Allotments, was taken over in 1973 for the Ken Marriott Sports Centre.

 

Hawkeshead

 

Brownsover, off Helvellyn Way

 

1983

SP 517773

 

Hawkshead Village, Cumbria

 

Hawkshead is just north of Esthwaite Water, to the west of Windermere and the east of Coniston Water. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 519.

 

Hawkeshead is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park. The road name has always been spelt with the additional letter ’e’ after the ‘k’.

Hawkshead is a popular tourist centre though traditional farming continues around the village. Beatrix Potter lived nearby at Near Sawrey.

Healey Close

 

Brownsover, off Stonehills

 

1972

SP 513772

 

Frederick Healey (1882-1964)

 

Frederick Healey was headmaster of Newbold Council School from 1913 to 1945.He was usually known as “Tim”.

Healey Close is one of a small group of roads In Brownsover that were named after former head teachers in the Borough.

Helmdon Close

 

Brownsover, off Staveley Way

 

1993

SP 519767

 

Helmdon, Northamptonshire

 

Helmdon is a village about 4 miles noth of Brackley in Northamptonshire. The parish includes the hamlets of Astwell and Falcutt and has an area of about 1550 acres. In the 2011 Census the parish had a population of 899.

Helmdon Close is one of a small group of roads in Brownsover that was named after villages in or near to south Northamptonshire.

 

Helvellyn Way

 

Brownsover, off Hollowell Way

 

1979

SP 516773

 

Helvellyn, Cumbria

 

Helvellyn, at a height of 950 m (3,117 ft), is the third highest peak in both England and the Lake District. It is about midway between Keswick to the north and Ambleside to the south.

Helvellyn Way is one of the roads in Brownsover that was named after a place or feature in the Lake District National Park.

 

Henry Street

off Regent Street

1902

SP 507754

The source of this street name is not known for certain.

It is believed that it was named after Henry Miller, an official of the Rugby Freehold Land Society. However no reference to him was made in the 1966 official history of the Society.

Henry Street was part of the development by the Rugby Freehold Land Society of the former Moat Estate. (see also Regent Street.)

Heyford Leys

off Norton Leys

1976

SP 498727

It is named after two adjoining villages, Nether Heyford and Upper Heyford, near to Daventry, Northants.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

Heyford has Old English origins, meaning a “ford used (chiefly) at hay-making time”.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Hibbert Close

off Dunchurch Road

1956

SP 501743

Captain John Hubert Washington Hibbert (1805 - 75)

Important benefactor to St Marie’s RC Church. He lived at Bilton Grange (c. 1841 - 61) and had the house completely remodelled by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) in 1841-51.

Capt Hibbert paid for most, if not all, of the land and the original church building. Also made later donations and bequests to the church. His father was a Jamaican plantation owner.

High Street

Town Centre, off Market Place

see ‘Reason’ column

SP 503752

 

With Sheep Street, High Street was one of the historic town streets that formed the main shopping area.

High Street was incorporated in the route of the Rugby & Lutterworth Turnpike (1785 - 1878). High Street became one-way in 1938 and pedestrianised in 1982.

Hillary Road

Bilton, off Everest Road

1954

SP 494736

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (1919-2008)

 

In June 1953, with the Nepalese sherpa, Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986), he was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

This ascent of Everest coincided with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hillmorton Road

off Lawrence Sheriff Street

See ‘notes’ ‘Reason’column

SP 504749

It was one of two historic routes between Rugby and the village of Hillmorton

The road led to the village or hamlet of Hulle which grew up on the higher land to the south of the Domesday village of Moreton.

Matthew Bloxam recalled that in 1813 the only building in Hillmorton Road near to the town was Whitelaw House, the first private School boarding-house built expressly as such.

In medieval times Hulle and Moreton were merged to become Hillmorton.

The Old English origins of these names are “(place at) the hill” and “marshland farmstead”.

Hinde Close

 

Brownsover, off Stonehills

 

1972

SP 517772

 

Henry Hinde (1895-1965)

 

Henry Hinde was headmaster of New Bilton Council School (1931-38) and Hillmorton Paddox Primary School (1938-58) He was then chairman of Rugby Divisional Education Executive until his death in 1965.

Hinde Close is one of a small group of roads In Brownsover that were named after former head teachers in the Borough.

Two schools in Bilton have since been named after him; Henry Hinde Junior School in Cornwallis Road and Henry Hinde Primary School in nearby Grenville Close.

Hobley Close

Bilton, off Barton Road

1956

SP 487735

Ernest Thomas Hobley (1884 - 1961)

He was Mayor of Rugby (1950-51) and a member of the Borough Council from 1935 to 1958.

His occupation was as a foreman fitter on the railway. For many years he was chairman of the council of the Rugby & District Amateur Association Football League.

Holcot Leys

off Fawsley Leys

1981

SP 502731

Holcot, a village north of Northampton.

A ley (or lea) is a grass covered field, suitable for grazing animals.

The Old English origin of Holcot was “cottage(s) in the hollow(s)”.

The names of ‘The Leys’ were selected by the developers. Why they chose villages in Northamptonshire is not known.

Remarkably for a small village, Holcot has ten listed historic buildings including the church.

Hollowell Way

Brownsover, off Crowthorns

1979

SP 511771

Harry Hollowell FRICS (1897-1968)

He was a member of the Borough Council (1947-68).

He was also a auctioneer and estate agent in Market Place, Rugby.

Holme Close

 

Brownsover, off Hawlands

 

1971

SP 513778

 

Holme, Cumbria

 

Holme is a village in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, about 2 miles north of Burton-in-Kendall and 3 miles south east of Milnthorpe. It is to the east of the Lake District National Park.

Holme had a population of 1,496 in the 2011 Census. Prior to 1819, when the Lancaster Canal was completed, it had been only a minor settlement.

 

Holyoak Close

Bilton, off Nelson Way

1950

SP 482738

Henry Holyoake MA (1657 - 1731)

Headmaster, Rugby School (1688 - 1731).

Whilst Headmaster, Henry Holyoake was also Rector of Bourton on Dunsmore, Bilton & Harborough Magna at various times. He also increased the importance of Rugby School by attracting a high proportion of non-foundationers.

Hoods Way

Bilton, Admirals Estate, off Blackwood Avenue

1955

SP 487745

Samuel Hood (1724 - 1816), 1st Viscount Hood of Whitley in the County of Warwick.

Admiral, RN (1794 - 95). He served throughout the American Revolutionary War (1775 –83) and was Commander in Chief, Mediterranean Fleet (1793 –94) during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was one of the chief mourners at the funeral of Horatio Nelson in 1805.

2 other family members with the Hood surname also became Admirals about this time and another during WW1.

Horne Close

 

Hillmorton, off Watts Lane

 

1967

 

SP 537736

 

Henry Sinclair Horne, 1st Baron Horne GCB, KCMG (1861-1929).

 

He was a General in the British Army (1914-23) who distinguished himself during WW1. For his wartime services he was created Baron Horne of Stirkoke, Caithness, in 1919.

It is not clear why a road in Hillmorton was named after him. He had no connections with the district and there are no other roads in the area that have been named after generals in the British Army.

Horton Crescent

 

off Hillmorton Road

 

c1855

 

SP 506749

 

Horton, West Riding of Yorkshire

 

It was named at the request of Dr William Sharp MD, FRS (1805-96) whose family was from Horton. For many years Dr Sharp resided at Horton House in Hillmorton Road.

In the nineteenth century the part of the road adjoining Hillmorton Road was known as Horton Street and the part leading to Barby Road was known as Horton Street West.

 

Hoskyn Close

 

Hillmorton, off Deerings Road

 

1967

SP 529737

 

Charles Reginald Hoskyn, MD, OBE (1880 - 1965)

 

Charles was a general practitioner and also a surgeon (at St Cross) in Rugby from 1910 for more than 40 years. He was awarded the OBE in 1963 and was made a freeman of the Borough of Rugby.

 

He was actively interested throughout his life in the rehabilitation of people, particularly children, with crippling injuries. From 1926 he was the driving force behind Rugby Orthopaedic Clinic and when it became redundant because of the National Health Act of 1948, he later continued his rehabilitation work through the Hoskyn Centre for the Disabled at Hamilton House in Bilton Road.

Houston Road

Brownsover, off Boughton Road

1937

SP 512767

British Thomson-Houston Company (see 'Industry' section of this website.)

This company was for much of the 20th Cen. the town's chief employer of labour.

Edwin James Houston (1847 - 1914), born in Virginia, USA, was a co-founder of the American Electric Company, which became the (American) Thomson-Houston Electric Company.

Hudson Road

Bilton, Overslade Estate, off St Annes Road

1950

SP 491743

Robert Spencer Hudson (1867 - 1957) - see 'Biographies' section of this website.

He was chairman of Rugby Urban District Council in 1932 & Mayor of Rugby (1935 - 36).

It had been proposed by the developers to name this road, Ashdown Road, but this was rejected by the RBC following complaints by the Post Office that it could be confused with Ashlawn Road.

He was Work's Manager for J Parnell & Son, the Rugby builders from 1900 to 1945.

Hunter Street

off Cambridge Street

c1880

SP 514754

Thomas Hunter (1827-1888)

Thomas Hunter founded the Thomas Hunter Wagon Works in Mill Road in 1871. He built Hunter Street on land purchased from the Rugby Freehold Land Society.

About 1886 he was succeeded as Manager of the Wagon Works by his eldest son, Thomas Hunter (1864-1923).

Ilmer Close

 

Brownsover, Avon Park, off Rothley Drive

 

1995

SP 522771

 

Ilmer, Buckinghamshire

 

Ilmer is a village at the foot of the Chiltern Hills about 3 miles north west of Princes Risborough near to the boundary with Oxfordshire.

Ilmer village is part of the civil parish of Longwick-cum-Ilmer which had a population of 1,347 in the 2011 Census.

 

Inchcape Close

Cawston, off Calvestone Road

2004

SP 477737

Kenneth Mackay, (1887-1939), 2nd Earl of Inchcape.

He owned and resided at Cawston House from 1925 to 1937.

He inherited the title in 1932 on the death of his father, the 1st Earl of Inchcape.

Izod Road

off Gladstone Street

2005

SP 496757

Edwin Gilbert Izod (1876–1946)

He was an experimental test engineer at the Willans & Robinson Works. Whilst there, he invented the impact test procedure that is named after him and is widely used to measure the impact resistance of materials.

Izod Road was built on land formerly owned by Willans & Robinson and its successors.