Rugby is a town in Warwickshire,
in the West Midlands region of England, part of the United Kingdom.
has always been a centre for the surrounding farming communities, and a
weekly cattle market continued to be held in the town until April 2008,
but it was the coming of the London & Birmingham Railway in 1838 which
caused a significant expansion of the town. In 1840 a junction with the
Midland Counties Railway from Leicester was completed and in consequence
major railway yards and other heavy engineering industries developed in
The decline of heavy engineering
and the downgrading of the railway facilities led to a decline in the town.
However, efforts have been made to exploit the central location of the
town to attract new businesses and distribution centres to the area.
Rugby Art Gallery and
Museum - a nationally-recognised collection exploring the Roman past
(by means of remains excavated at nearby Tripontium), Rugby's cultural
heritage and the great collection of Modern Art.
The James Gilbert Rugby
Football Museum, town centre, opposite the main entrance to Rugby School,
tel 01788 540 795, open Mo-Sa 9am-5pm, admission free - housed in the building
where James Gilbert made the very first rugby football in 1842, this little
museum is especially popular with rugby fans. Hand-made balls are still
manufactured here and the process may be viewed by visitors from Mondays
Rugby School, one
of the most famous private schools in the country, is close to the town
centre, but not open to the general public. A walk round its perimeter
gives an excellent view of its imposing Victorian architecture and also
of the field on which the game of rugby football was first played.