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    The Pathway of Fame--walking tour

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    The Pathway of Fame walking tour starts from the Rugby visitor centre and covers around 3km. It should take around two hours but more if you do stop to explore and take photos. It’s fun to do and also you get to see all the historic and interesting buildings in Rugby.
    The route it’s marked with 50 bronze rugby balls around the pavements of Rugby which they reflect the influence of the game and players. On the bronze balls you will see the arrows that directs you to the next one.It’s a self led tour which you can pick up a map from the Visitors Centre or you can download one from their website.
    In the booklet that I have picked up it’s separated in three sections.
    First section highlights the places of interest along the way. The second section outlines the route by means of illustrated map and the third section provides a little background on each of the players or significant events.

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    St Andrews Gardens

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    St Andrews gardens it’s just behind the church and it’s in a triangle shape connecting two streets.
    One street it’s the main Church Street and the other one it’s Little Church Street with its cobbled stones and old inns.
    The gardens used to be a burial ground in the 19th century but now they are used as place for relaxing, or walking through them.
    There are still a lot of gravestones around the gardens but most of them are neglect or fallen to the ground.

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    St Andrews Church

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    St Andrews church is in the centre of Rugby and it’s the largest and oldest parish church in Rugby.
    When I went the church it was close but I have taken a walk around it and it is an amazing church with a lot of originals futures like the doors. On the West side of the church there’s a passageway which they have provided
    benches and a raised flower bed with old headstones at the back which it leads you to the old cemetery.
    It was built in the 14th century by William Butterfield except the 22 metre West Tower which it was built in the 12th century and looks like part of a castle.
    It was rebuilt again in the 19th century after the increase population of Rugby. The East Tower with the 55 metre sphere was added in 1894 making St Andrews the only church in the whole world with two sets of ringable bells.
    St Andrews church it’s a Grade II listed building.
    A group of volunteers run a cafe from 10.00am to 2.00 pm and you can get a cup of tea or a coffee as little as £1.00 or soup with a roll for £2.50 which it will be perfect for a cheap snack.
    By the time I got there the cafe was closed.

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    Sir Frank Whittle Sculpture

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    Sir Frank Whittle sculpture it’s in Chestnut Field around the corner from Jubilee Gardens and on the way to Caldecott Park. The sculpture it’s in a very unusual shape and all the way around it has descriptions of various aspects of his life.
    Sir Frank Whittle was born in Coventry in 1907 and had served in the Royal air Force as A RAF Engineer Officer and died in Columbia Maryland on the 9th of August 1996.
    He had spent a lot of his time in Rugby where he had his firm BTH (British Thomson Houston) and that’s where he had inventing the jet engine.
    The sculptor its Stephen Broadbent and it was unveiled in 2005 by Sir Frank Whittle's son.

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    Caldecott Park with the Royal Seal

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    Caldecott Park its Rugby’s main public park and got its name from an old manor estate that used to be on the grounds and owned by Thomas Caldecott. The park it’s not that big but it was clean and very well looked after. It has got everything what you need from the playground, an old tool shed that it has been transformed to a cafe with an outdoor seating area, public toilets, a band stand and a lot of flower beds. Also it has a tennis courts and a bowling green area.
    The iron gates that you see in the first photo was removed and sold off as part of the war effort and with a compensation of 25 shillings a ton. in 1979 the Coronagion Gates were re -erected.
    The statue in the third photo its made by Hilary Cartmel and futures a small child playing his tuba and music flows out of it.
    The day I have gone they had a mini fair on with tombola stalls, bric a-brac and many other stalls and pony rides for the children.
    Caldecott in 2012 has won Rugby’s Green Flag Award and has been presented with a special plague. It identifies the park as a designated Queen Elizabeth II Field and the status is available at certain parks and playing fields to celebrate HM Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also the park will it be protected forever.

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    Rugby Theatre

    by Galaxy31 Updated Oct 23, 2014

    When you enter Henry Street the theatre stands out from any of the other buildings as it’s the only one painted white. Rugby Theatre it’s a very small and one of the top ten amateur theatre’s in the country, which they produce 10 live productions, concerts and the rest of the year they use it as a cinema or they hire it out.
    In March 1949 Rugby Theatre Society secured a lease from the old Granada when it used to be a cinema and turned it to a theatre which accommodates 270 people and wheelchairs.
    Just opposite the theatre there’s the Central Hall which its part of the Rugby Theatre which it has a cafe, a licensed bar and they also use the hall for events. The Central Hall it used to be an ice skating rink, a bingo hall and a dance hall.
    I haven’t been to see a show there yet.

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    Sandstone Chesterfield Suites

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

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    When I first saw the first chesterfield suite surrounded by piles of books at the Percival Guildhouse and the second one in Jubilee Gardens I couldn’t make the connection why they were there and why the books were all around them with descriptions from writers and titles from well known books.
    The chesterfield suites are made o f sandstone and they feature a real life size chesterfield sofa, an armchair and a Queens Anne foot stool and they have been created by Michael Scheuermann and its part of Rugby’s public art.As I have tried them out there are not bad to sit on but I wouldn’t like to sit on them for a long period.
    The connection it’s the writers that have either born in Rugby or attended the Rugby school or they have written something connected with Rugby.
    Rupert Brooke a poet, writer Rose Macaulay. Joseph Norman Lockyer who discovered helium and
    founded the science journal Nature all were born in Rugby.
    Thomas Hughes an author known for his Tom Brown’s School Days, Lewis Carroll an author and mathematician known for Alice in Wonderland, Matthew Arnold a poet and cultural critic and Salman Rushdie all attended the Rugby School.
    Charles Dickens wrote in his short story Mugby Junction about the congestion that the railway was causing in 1830as Rugby was a major junction back then.

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    Rupert Brooke statue

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 23, 2014

    Rupert Brooke statue it’s in Jubilee gardens at the end of Regent Street. He was born in Rugby on 3rd of August 1887 and he was an English poet. He has study at Kings College University in Cambridge after he won a scholarship. At the age of 27 he took part in the Royal Naval Divisions Antwerp expedition and he has sailed with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in February 1915. While he was on his way to the landing of Gallipoli on 23rd of April 1915 he had died after he had developed sepsis from an infected mosquito and buried on the island of Skyros.

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    The oldest shopping street in Rugby

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    Regent Street it must have been the most elegant, stylish and very popular back in the early nineteenth century. The street has got its name from Regent Street in London. The shop fronts even to this day they still have their original Edwardian features and you can see that in most of the shops. Regent Street runs from St Andrews church all the way to Jubilee Gardens.

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    Jubilee Gardens

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 14, 2014

    Where Jubilee Gardens it’s now it used to be an ancient British fort manned by the Dobuni Tribe and it was destroyed during the reign of King Stephen of Blois between 1135 and 1154. In the thirteen century a moated manor house stood on the site and it was owned by the de Rokeby family.
    The Jubilee gardens it’s a triangle shape garden and it has the statue of Rupert Brooke along with an information panel outlining his life. There it’s also and a piece of public art commemorated the many authors that have links with Rugby.

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    A Historic Town Market

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    Rugby’s open air market it’s held every Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am to 16.00pm and sells fruit, vegetables, meat, fish jewellery and clothes. There are also pop up areas selling coffees and burgers.

    Rugby’s farmers market it’s held on the last Thursday of the month and sells fresh produce from meat, fruit, English wine and cider, freshly baked bread and organic meat and eggs. All the produce it’s sourced locally and it’s within 30 miles of the town. The market it’s open from 9.00am to 14.00pm.

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    Rugby's Clock Tower

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    The Clock Tower it’s in the heart of the shopping area of Rugby, the High Street and Sheep Street are the two main historic shopping streets. The clock tower was built in 1887 to commemorate Queens Victoria’s Jubilee and in 2012 another script stone was placed on the tower to commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of Queens Elizabeth’s II accession.
    Around the Clock Tower you will find the open-air market of Rugby and the newly built shopping centre called Clock Tower which it has over 50 shops, cafes and restaurants.

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    Rugby's Old Buildings

    by Galaxy31 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    In the market square you will come across a lot of old shop buildings some of them dated back as late in the eighteenth century.
    The most outstanding building that stands out it’s the Lennon Bros Ltd that used to sell tobacco and cigars but now it’s a shoe repair shop.

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    St Matthews church

    by Galaxy31 Written Sep 28, 2014

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    St Matthews church its located on the junction of Lawrence Sheriff and St Matthews Street and it's next door to Matthew Holbeche Bloxham house. I don't know much about the church but on one side it there's a stone that it was laid by Mrs Arthur James in 1914.
    About Mrs Arthur James.
    Mrs Arthur James was the great granddaughter of the third Duke of Portland and a Godmother to Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother).
    They had an Estate in Cotton Street with over 500 acres of land breeding horses with her husband an dthey were very wealthy.
    They both loved hunting and she was hunting until she was 70 years old.
    She has endowed the new out of patients department at Rugby hospital in memory of her husband.
    and she died in 1948 before her 87th birthday.

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    William Webb Ellis Statue

    by Galaxy31 Written Sep 28, 2014

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    William Webb Ellis statue it's the most famous and the most visited in Rugby. It's in the heart of where the game has began from the school to the place where they have made the first rugby footballs.

    The sculptor it's Graham Ibbeson and he has made it in 1997.

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