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    Rugby's School Church Part Three

    by Galaxy31 Written Jan 2, 2016

    Around the church there's a few stained glass windows dated from the 15th and 16th century and made of Flemish glass.
    First photo: This XV th Flemish stained glass window it was bought by Dr Thomas Arnold from Aerschot, in Belgium.
    5crSecond photo: This it was bought by Mary Arnold the widow of Thomas Arnold when she was 83 years old.
    Third photo Flemish glass window from XVI th century depicting, the legendary appearance of the Risen Christ to the Virgin Mary.
    Fourth photo:Grave of Headmaster Dr Thomas Arnold which he was a Headmaster from 1828 to 1842.
    Fifth photo: Some of the memorial tablets around the walls of the church.

    The only way to visit the church is by guided tour.

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    Rugby's School Church Part Two

    by Galaxy31 Written Jan 2, 2016

    There's a lot of original items around the church and couple of them i have really liked. The timber ceiling painted in black with flower motifs is something that stood out and also the rugby player holding a rugby ball on the top of the pew it was another small detailed that I have liked.

    First and second photo: The ceiling of the church.
    Third photo: Mosaics in the roof of the Sanctuary made in Venetian glass by Salviati of Murano.
    Fourth photo:A carved wooden rugby player holding a rugby ball above the pew.
    Fifth photo: first I thought it was a gargoyle bu is actually a person kneeling and praying.

    The only way to visit the church is by guided tour.

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    Rugby's School Church Part One

    by Galaxy31 Written Jan 2, 2016

    On the tour to the church we have entered by a small side door on the so I didn’t get that wow factor except from the ceiling, but when I stepped in the centre and looked around that I have noticed the beauty of the stained glass windows and all the little details around the church.
    What I have liked about the church when I have first entered it was how much light it was coming through and the decor on the ceiling.

    The church in the grounds of Rugby school it was first build in 1820 but as the school grew the chapel it was getting smaller. So it was reconstructed and additions were added in 1872 by William Butterfield. In 1897 the West End of the church it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Jackson.

    The church comprises red brick with stone dressings with an octagonal belfry and pyramidal roof which you will find on a lot of buildings around Rugby school with the same design and architecture which William Butterfield built. The far end of the church where it was first the entrance to the chapel with the arches are different design and different colour bricks.
    The church is just known as the Rugby school church and is very unusual for a church not to have a name after a Saint of something else.

    First photo: Is the oldest part of the church with a small eagle with its wings open seating above the window and at the top of the tower there's six small gargoyles.
    Second photo: Is an inscription and the date when additions to the church were made by William Butterfield.
    Third photo: Where the arcades are now that it was the main entrance to the chapel.
    Fourth photo: Is the entrance into the church now.
    Fifth phot:West door into the Old Chapel with Greek inscription above " I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord".

    The only way to visit the church is by guided tour.

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    The School Bulidings Part 2

    by Galaxy31 Written Aug 31, 2015

    The Rugby Temple Speech Room is one of most magnificent buildings with a Gothic architecture. designed by Sir Thomas Jackson but based on the original designs of William Butterfield. Is a home to a very rare Byceson organ. The building it has taken its name from the Headmaster Frederick Temple who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was opened in 1909 by King Edward VII and is a Grade II listed building.
    The Temple Speech Room building is available for hire and is great for concerts as it has got two high quality grand pianos and the hall it can fit up to 800 people.

    The photos three, four and five are of the War Memorial Chapel a Grade II listed building. Build in 1922 by Sir Charles Nicholson. The chapel was built to commemorate the 684 people from Rugby who lost their lives in the First World War. The small chapel was consecrated in 1922 and its grey stone forms a contrast to the rest of the buildings.

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    The School Bulidings Part 1

    by Galaxy31 Updated Aug 31, 2015

    The Temple Reading Room in Gothic style is an amazing Grade II listed building. Build in 1878 by William Butterfield in a red brick and stone dressings and bands. Most of the building is surrounded by foliage. At the front lawn is a statue of Thomas Hughes the author of the famous book Tom Brown's School Day's which is believed it was written on his own experiences when he attended Rugby School. (photos one and five).

    Photos two, three and four are of the Science and Design building which again is in the same road as the Temple Reading Room but there's not a lot of information on this one. It's has been built in the same red brick but it seems that is a much later addition which I believe from the design of the building it could be in Regency architecture style .

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    The Kings Oak

    by Galaxy31 Written Aug 18, 2015

    Photo 1: The Kings Oak was planted in 1909 by Edward VII and is at the top of the Close and which the Heads of School stand beneath to watch the School file into Chapel every morning,
    that tradition is still on going today.
    Photo 2 : The way to the chapel from the main gates were the pupils have to walk past the Kings Oak.
    Photo 3 and 4:Where now stands the Bronze Age burial mould in the 18th century it was an island with a wooden bridge and it was surrounded by a six metre wide moat. When in the late 18th century certain pupils after they have blown the door off the Head Master's classroom and burned their books on the Close they have retreated on the island and drew up the drawbridge behind them. The local military had to be called with pikes and muskets before the pupils gave up. The Riot Act was read to them and some boys were expelled.

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    The story behind Rugby's school gates.

    by Galaxy31 Written Aug 18, 2015

    When her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth went to officially open Rugby's school gates on 12th of May 1967 the keys have snapped leaving the gates closed, The snapped key is now on display in Rugby's school museum.

    On top of the school gates is the school's crest which it was established in 1567 and they have the motto Orando Laborando in Latin which translates "By praying, by working".

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    The Courtyards

    by Galaxy31 Written Aug 18, 2015

    In the grounds of Rugby school there's two courtyards the first photos 1 and 2 is the courtyard between the chapel and the old school. What it struck me when I have entered this courtyard it was the greenery which it was all over the walls and the Gothic style of the the building with the small arched windows which you could hardly see them.

    The second courtyard on photos 3, 4 and 5 is the inner courtyard which is behind the school house. The buildings surrounding the yard are in Tudor style dated from 1748.On the two sides of the yard there's arched corridors that leads you to the staircases. The original water pump dated from 1814 provided the schools main water supply.in the early 19th century.

    To be able to get to the courtyards you will need to go by tour.

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    The Close

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 6, 2015

    The Close where is so famous now in the game of rugby and where a lot of professional rugby players played and still playing there, it was just a grazing fields, until the late 1850s that the ground was leveled.
    It was once three large rough grazing fields and up to to the early 1900's you could still see sheep grazing in them and it was after this time the written rules have been written.
    It was here that a local young boy called William Webb Ellis first ran with the ball and invented the game of rugby in 1823.
    The Close has been voted an important Sports Heritage site in the UK

    The Close can be hired out for weddings, functions or any other events and also the two rugby playing fields and the cricket pitch can be hired out.

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    The Old Library

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 6, 2015

    The only way to get to the Old Library is through one of the towers in the old section from the courtyard of the school by a small spiral staircase but is worth it as it has been left as it was so many years ago. The old blackboard with shutters, a few old desks, books gathering dust and a whole wall at the back with pupils names and some of them dated from 1860's still remain in this small old library. On one side there's a stained glass window that has got most of the Headmasters photos and the dates when they have been Headmasters at the school.

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    The Big Old School

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 6, 2015

    When the school opened more than two hundred years ago and with only few pupils, the lessons were taken in one big room for all age groups.
    The class now it only gets used occasionally but when I stepped inside I’m was surprised to see that it was so bare with only paneled walls and wooden benches all around the class. For a moment I thought that they have refurbished the whole room but the guide explained that the whole room it was all original and nothing has changed and then she pointed to the carvings that the pupils did all those years ago.

    The Big Old School Pupils carvings Pupils carvings The Percival Society Board The Courtyard
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    Headmasters Study

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 6, 2015

    Headmaster’s Study is in the right tower of the school house, and during school term the door is always open for pupils to enter and speak to him about anything they need to The tradition had started since Dr Thomas Arnold was Headmaster at the school and he had stated that “first religious and moral principal, second gentlemanly conduct and third academic ability.” And this practice still continuous today.
    On the top of the tower it was where the birching stool was and any punishment it was taken place at the top. The top hat, birching stool and the cane are all displayed in the museum.
    The original Bishops Percival’s desk is still in the study and is used up to this day.
    This is not included in the tour.

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    Tom Browns Schooldays

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 4, 2015

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    When the author Thomas Hughes wrote the fictional book Tom Browns Schooldays they believed that it was actually based on his own experiences at the school as on the hands of the school clock his name is visible on them. That it was what the guide tour lady told me.
    Thomas Hughes attending Rugby School in the 1830's under Headmaster Dr Thomas Arnold.

    Clock Hands The carved name Clock Tower Building Clock hands in the Rugby Museum Model of the school
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    Rugby School Museum Exhibits

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 4, 2015

    The Rugby School Museum is very small but at the same time very interesting with so mach exhibits in three tiny rooms. Among the exhibits you will find the school trophies, school rugby caps from over the years, photos of ex pupils that they have became Head Masters. There was even the school's own dictionary displayed there. I have found the museum very interesting even i'm not a big fan of the game.

    Tours are on different dates and times.
    TERM TIME: 8.30am to 1.00pm and 1.45pm to 4.30pm
    SATURDAY: 9.00am to 12.30pm (term time only)
    1.30pm to 2pm (tours only)
    HOLIDAYS: 9am to 2pm (Monday to Friday)

    Tours cost £6.95 and concessions at £4.95.

    As this year is the Rugby World Cup they have special School tours which they ran from the 6th of July to the 1st of November and there are three different ones.
    The first one is the tour of the grounds and the school which includes a commemorative 'Webb Ellis to World Cup' book. price is £15.00
    The second tour is the same as above but with an exclusive Rugby School World Cup commemorative rugby ball price £25.00.

    These tours will be four times a day at 10.00, 11.30, 13.00 and 14.30.

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    Rugby School Museum

    by Galaxy31 Written Jul 4, 2015

    Within the school grounds between the school shop and the science building is a very small building which it has become Rugby's School Museum and entry is only available with the tour. Inside there's three small rooms which makes up the museum. There's a lot photos how the school looked like from years ago. trophies, there's also three stained window panels of one of them being the founder of the Rugby school Lawrence Sheriff. Rules of the game are also displayed here among trophies, score books and many more.
    Even I do understand the game it was nice to see so much exhibits under one roof. They have made a good usage of the space with all the exhibits.
    The fifth photo is the central panel from the reredo of the Buttlefield Chapel and is the only one surviving panel. The mosaic was designed it was by Salviati and made at the Murano glassworks in Venice. Apologies of the lopsided photo.

    Tours are on different dates and times.
    TERM TIME: 8.30am to 1.00pm and 1.45pm to 4.30pm
    SATURDAY: 9.00am to 12.30pm (term time only)
    1.30pm to 2pm (tours only)
    HOLIDAYS: 9am to 2pm (Monday to Friday)

    Tours cost £6.95 and concessions at £4.95.

    As this year is the Rugby World Cup they have special School tours which they ran from the 6th of July to the 1st of November and there are three different ones.
    The first one is the tour of the grounds and the school which includes a commemorative 'Webb Ellis to World Cup' book. price is £15.00
    The second tour is the same as above but with an exclusive Rugby School World Cup commemorative rugby ball price £25.00.

    These tours will be four times a day at 10.00, 11.30, 13.00 and 14.30.

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