Visit Rugby and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Rugby, Warwickshire. The town of Rugby developed during the later stages of England's industrialization. Its main claim to fame lies in its public school. Rugby School is known all over the English-speaking world through Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays. Equally famous is the football game that bears its name. The school was founded in 1567 by a local grocer, Lawrence Sheriff who, having made his fortune in London, endowed a free grammar school for boys. The buildings were moved to the present site in the mid-l8th century. It was under Dr Thomas Arnold, headmaster from 1828 to 1842, that the school grew tremendously in importance and established the pattern of education followed by the greater number of public schools in the mid-Victorian era.
It was Dr William Temple, later Archbishop of Canterbury, who during his headmastership from 1857 to 1869 did most to expand the material resources of the school. He was responsible for a great deal of building, for which he commissioned the architect Butterfield. Victorian Gothic and Tudor can often be inventive and exciting. It boasts many great names on its rolls, among them Walter Savage Landor (expelled); Matthew Arnold, the poet son of the headmaster; C. L. Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, who came here from Richmond in Yorkshire; Rupert Brooke, the poet; and Wyndham Lewis, writer and artist.
A granite tablet on Doctors' Wall tells briefly the origin of Rugby Football, “the exploit of William Webb Ellis, who with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time, first took the ball in his arms and ran with it, thus originating the distinctive feature of this Rugby game A.D. l823”. It should be remembered that players at this time often numbered as many as 50 a side and by 1871 laws regarding the number of players and rules of play became necessary. The Rugby Union was thus formed.
Nearby cities: Coventry, Northampton
Nearby towns: Daventry, Hinckley, Lutterworth, Southam
Nearby villages: Ansty, Ashby St Ledgers, Barby, Bilton, Birdingbury, Bitteswell, Bourton on Dunsmore, Brandon, Braunston, Broadwell, Bulkington, Catthorpe, Churchover, Clifton upon Dunsmor, Cosford, Cotesbach, Crick, Dunchurch, Frankton, Grandborough, Harborough Magna, Hillmorton, Kilsby, Lilbourne, Long Itchington, Long Lawford, Marton, New Bilton, Newbold, Newbold on Avon, North Kilworth, Pailton, Princethorpe, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Stanford on Avon, Stockton, Stretton under Fosse, Swinford, Walton, Willey, Willoughby, Withybrook, Wolfhamcote, Wolston, Yelvertoft
Have you decided to visit Rugby or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Rugby bed and breakfast (a Rugby B&B or Rugby b and b)
- a Rugby guesthouse
- a Rugby hotel (or motel)
- a Rugby self-catering establishment, or
- other Rugby accommodation