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Rugby, Warwickshire

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Rugby, Warwickshire

Rugby is a market town in Warwickshire, England, located on the River Avon. The town has a population of 61,988 (2001 census) making it the second largest town in the county. The enclosing Borough of Rugby has a population of 91,600 (2005 estimate). Rugby is 13 miles (21 km) east of Coventry, on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, near the borders with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. The town is credited with being the birthplace of rugby football.
Post townRUGBY
Administrative CountyWarwickshire
Traditional CountyWarwickshire
OS GridSP5075
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityWarwickshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWarwickshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWarwickshire
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code01788
Population61,988 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Rugby, Warwickshire has been known in the past

Rocheberie ~ Rokeby

Rugby, Warwickshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Rugby, market town and par., Warwickshire, on river Avon, 15 miles NE. of Warwick, 30 SE. of Birmingham, and 83 NW. of London by rail, 2190 ac., pop. 9891; P.O., T.O, 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Rugby is an ancient place, but it first came into prominent notice in the 18th century in connection with its school, which was founded in 1567 by Lawrence Sheriff, a native of the neighbouring village of Brownsover, and which has risen under a series of able headmasters, including Dr Arnold, to be one of the first public schools in England. The school occupies a splendid range of buildings in the Elizabethan style, possesses an endowment estimated at from £5000 to £6000 a year, and has usually from 400 to 500 boys; it induces many wealthy families to settle in the place. Rugby has become an important railway centre, and has consequently a very extensive transit trade. It has no mfrs. of note, but it has large fairs for horses, cattle, and sheep.

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