A shortlist of some of the fine examples of historical town buildings which are protected by Historic England

All photographs by Jamie Gray



‘The Hologram House’,26-28 Bilton Road)

Listed Building-1

This property was once the residence of Hungarian engineer Dennis Gabor. Mr Gabor was employed at the British Thomson-Houston factory here in Rugby, where he worked in the development department. Here he lived during the phase of his life which would reward him with a Nobel Prize; the invention of the hologram.


K6 Telephone Kiosk, Warwick Street

Listed Building-2

The K6 Telephone kiosk stood on the gyratory, opposite the William Webb Ellis pub. Sadly, someone crashed into the kiosk and BT removed it. BT have made assuarances the box will be replaced, so rest assured we will return to photograph it when it is rightfully returned.


The Rugby Advertiser, Albert Street

Rugby Advertiser

Established in 1846, the Rugby Advertiser stood the test of time, publishing a concise weekly roundup of all that went on in the town of Rugby. In August 2016, the doors were locked and operations were moved outside of the town. The newspaper is still published every Thursday.


Former Marks and Spencer, 4 High Street.

Listed Building-3

Also known as the Benn Building after being bequeathed by Mr Benn in 1895, the property was at one stage in its life the Town Hall. For many years, Marks and Spencer were based here. The doors to Marks and Spencer closed in November 2015. Currently at the time of writing (September 2016) no new tennant has been arranged.


15 and 15A Market Place

Listed Building-4

Who says tobacco advertising is illegal… The large facade to the building still promotes the now extinct Lennon Bros Wholesale Tobacco business. Underneath, the current occupant is a shoe repair and key cutting operation.


St Andrews Churchyard Gateway

Listed Building-5

The gates to the churchyard at St Andrews are protected as Grade II. They always remain open, and are a beautiful example of wrought ironwork.


Rugby Baptist Church, Regent Place

Rugby Baptist Church

In 1901 a new minister, the rev. John Henry Lees, was welcomed to the church and, when the centenery was celebrated in 1903 it was evident that more room was needed. A new site was purchased in what is now Regent Place and at 7 o’clock on a frosty morning in February 1906 the last sermon was preached, the last hymns sung and the last prayers offered in the old chapel. After a final look around, the minister, congregation and children filed out and marched to the new church building singing “Onward Christion Soldiers”. The old building had served them well for 103 years. The present building will have served the church nearly as long, celebrating it’s centenery in 2006! – Words from Rugby Baptist Church website.


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