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    Inside Webb Ellis Museum

    by Galaxy31 Written Sep 28, 2014

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    Webb Ellis museum it’s a famous for being the first established rugby football workshop and it has the longest continuous collection to the game in the world.
    The collection it’s private owned by Laurence Webb and it has international and national pieces.
    See how they made the first rugby balls from pig’s bladder, learn how the rules have been made up, why =the England team wear white as their kit and see all the original rugby memorabilia.
    The most memorable in the museum for me it was how they have made the first rugby footballs.

    Opening times:
    Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 17.00 pm
    Closed on Sundays
    Open on certain Bank Holidays
    Free admision

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    Visit the birth place of Rugby Football

    by geoveo Written Jul 30, 2007

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    The Close at Rugby School is the playing field where the game of Rugby Football was first started by William Webb Ellis. It is possible to visit Rugby School and if you are there at the right time you may be able to watch a game of rugby or cricket.

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    Rugby Museum

    by Galaxy31 Written Sep 25, 2014

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    The Rugby museum it’s a small and compact museum with archaeological finds and social history objects. When you enter you will see a few objects that make up Rugby’s history like the first rugby ball, Tom Brown’s schooldays book by Thomas Hughes who was born in Rugby.

    In the second room which it’s more like a wide corridor there’s two doors, one of them leads you to the archaeological finds from the Roman baths at Tripontium which its just on the outskirts of Rugby and the other door entrance leads you to the social History museum which most of them are donations from people that lived or still living in Rugby.
    In the social history side of the museum you will see, army uniforms, clothing, household items and ration books from the Second World War and a section about Dennis Cabor who invented holography in 1947 and an aeroplane engine that it was built in nearby Coventry.

    In the archaeological room you will find Roman coins, bowls, spears , arrow’s and many more items
    that have been found around the area.

    The museum it’s free to visit.
    Opening times:

    Tue - Fri 10am - 5pm
    Saturday 10am - 4pm
    Sun & Monday Closed
    Bank Holidays 12noon - 4pm

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    Matthew Holbeche Bloxam House

    by Galaxy31 Updated Sep 27, 2014

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    Matthew Holbeche Bloxam House it’s just behind Rugby art gallery museum and library building.
    It’s a three storey house but it looks that there are not enough windows compare to the size of the premises.The house it’s surrounded by gardens which now it’s a public path way with three different exits in different directions. On the day I went past the house there was a wedding group having their pictures taken in the rose garden at the rear of the house. As it was a weekend the place it was close.
    Now the house it’s an independent centre for adult education and arts and it’s named the Percival Guildhouse.
    Matthew Holbeche Bloxam was born in 12 May 1805 – 24 April 1888 in Rugby. His father was an assistant master at Rugby school and his mother was sister to Thomas Lawrence. He was one of ten children.
    He was educated at Elborow School and then went to Rugby school.
    In 1821 he became a solicitor in Rugby and in 1827 he was an attorney to the Courts of Justice in the town. Then he set up his own practise at his home until his death in 1888. He was also an amateur archaeologist and an author of the book "The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture”.
    He was also the main original source of William Webb Ellis invention of rugby when he wrote an article in the school magazine about a boy running with a ball in his arms.

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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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    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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    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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    Visit Rugby Art Gallery

    by geoveo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rugby Art Gallery and Museum houses:

    The Rugby Collection of 20th Century British Art, which includes prints from artists such as Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L. S. Lowry and Lucian Freud.

    The Tripontium Collection of Roman artefacts.

    A Social History Gallery which celebrates everyday life in the town over the past 200 years.

    A changing exhibition programme of contemporary visual art and crafts.

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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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    Rugby Visitor Centre

    by Galaxy31 Updated Sep 25, 2014

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    After I to walked through the Town market I have arrived at The Rugby visitors centre which it was my first stop so I could pick up information, maps and all the other interest info a place has to offer.
    The centre it’s located in the foyer of Rugby art gallery, museum and the public library.
    The staff was friendly and very helpful and they have answered all my questions I had.
    At the centre there is also a gift shop selling sport souvenirs, books, shirts, mugs and lots more.

    Opening Times:
    Mon-Sat 10:00-16:00
    Bank Holidays 12:00-16:00
    Closed on Sundays.

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    Visit a traditional pub

    by geoveo Written Aug 15, 2007

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    At one time Rugby was renowned as the town in England with the most pubs within the square mile of the town centre. Many of the traditional pubs have now gone or have been revamped as corporate drinking places, however you can still find some pubs upholding the tradition of being a meeting place for locals to drink and chat and (now) smoke outside.

    The Squirrel The Rugby Tavern (use to be the Windmill) The Victoria The Merchant's House The Raglan Arms

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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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    Webb Ellis museum

    by Galaxy31 Updated Sep 28, 2014

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    Webb Ellis museum it’s a small but full of original features and memorabilia associated with the game which stood at the same place for over 180 years and it’s from here they have started hand stitching the game balls for rugby.
    Wlliam and James Gilbert were shoe and boots makers before they have started their business on these premises.
    As you enter you will see the amazing and colourful original pattern floor tiles and do take a few seconds to admire them and the door with its original features. The museum it’s separated in four themed areas. These include the origins, the players, the ball and the game.

    To get into the museum you will need to go through Webb Ellis sports shop and as they are short of staff the visit it’s self led but it has only taken me just over one hour.
    Admission is free and it’s a limited access to wheelchair users which you will need to call them before you go.Also for big groups you will need to call to make arrangements as the museum its small and narrow at places.

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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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    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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