Thursday, 21 April 2011
R is for ....Rugby
No, not the game, but the town where the game was invented!
Rugby lies to the east of the county of Warwickshire, right in the heart of England and is where I was born and raised. Having moved to London to work, I returned to my roots over twenty years ago, bringing my husband and our two children – so Rugby is very much ‘home’!
So allow me to share with you a few pictures and facts!
St Andrew’s church - apparently the only church in the world with two ringable sets of bells, it is also rare as it has both a tower (dating back to the fifteenth century) and a separate steeple, added in Victorian times.
The Oxford and Grand Union canals run around the town – the Oxford Canal runs quite near our house. We’ve spent many pleasant hours dog-walking along the towpaths, watching the beautifully painted narrowboats chugging along.
Even in the depths of winter, they look beautiful - this was taken near the house on a bright, though frosty, morning last December. The weather had been very cold for days and the boats were locked in the ice!
Other interesting facts:
Dennis Gabor, scientist, created the ‘hologram’ in 1947, during his time in Rugby.
Sir Frank Whittle invented the jet engine, working at an experimental facility in Rugby in 1937.
Lewis Carroll (aka Charles L Dodgson), author of 'Alice in Wonderland' was educated at Rugby School, as was Salman Rushdie! (though not at the same time :-p)
Rupert Brooke, poet, was born here in 1887
Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ educated at Rugby School