From the Advertiser archives - February 9

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February 3 1912

A large amount of interest was taken in the sale by public auction of the remaining 12 acres of the 21 acres of building land within Hillmorton Paddox Estate, conducted by Sam Robbins and attended by 300 builders, investors, capitalists and thrifty working men.

He pointed out that this is most conveniently and pleasantly situated in one of the most healthy and nature-endowed spots of Warwickshire and is 20 feet above the Rugby Market Place and 400 feet above sea level.

Inside the estate are Dunsmore, Moyeady and Rainsbrook Avenues, which are to be made by the vendors with asphalt footpaths.

The land would be available alike for the gorgeous residential mansion or the neat artian dwelling.

Of the latter type houses up to the value of £150 inclusive can be built.

It was safe to say that during the last 30 years so such land, situate as this estate is in such a delightful spot, had ever been offered on such easy terms.

Competition amongst the intending purchasers was sometimes rather keen and thhe average price paid per square yard was about 3s 6d.

The bidding for the several plots was brisk and the whole of the business was over in about an hour’s time.

February 2 1962

Letter to the editor from Canon E Liddell Paine, Rural Dean of Rugby and AJ Wolstenhulme, Chapter Clerk, St Matthews Vicarage, 14 Bilton Road, Rugby.

“During the past year or so correspondence has passed between the Town Clerk of the borough council and the Rural Deanery concerning the condition of Rugby cemetery chapels and the possibility of a crematorium being provided for the town and district.

“But the Town Clerk has expressly forbidden his correspondence to be quoted in the press and the committee has refused to receive a delegation from the Rugby Clergy Chapter.

“The clergy chapter has requested us to bring the following facts before the people of Rugby with the hope that they will press their elected representatives to take some action in securing a crematorium here. At a conservative estimate 250 cremations take place at Canley per annum from funerals in Rugby. This involves about 10,000 miles of travel.

“It appears that a crematorium for Rugby would be justified.

The ideal arrangement would be to replace the hut-chapel at Whinfield cemetery by a much needed chapel of a permanent nature, incorporatinga cremation unit. It is now for the people of Rugby to tell the borough council whether they desire a crematorium or not.”

February 5 1987

The closing down of the popular town centre pub The Shakespeare to make way for the shopping development marks the end of an era for the Priest family.

When proprietors Brian and Chris Priest left the pub last week after it was sold by brewers Inde Coope, it brought to a close a link between Mr Priest’s family and the Shakespeare, which has lasted years.

For Brian and Chris took over the tenancy of the Queen Street pub in 1983 from Brian’s parents George and Vera, who had been there since 1953.

Brian and Chris will be remain in the licensed trade, running The Chequers at Swinford.

Twelve-year-old Katharine Merry has gained four UK rankings in the under 13 girls age group. Her brilliant run in the Midland Championships at Perry Barr of 10.74 seconds in the 80m gave her a ranking of number two in the UK.

A time of 12.9 at Cosford in the 100m gave Katherine, from Dunchurch, who is coached by Grant Taylor, another number two ranking. She was ranked fourth for a 4.85m long jump and an 11.9s 70m hurdles. A 5m long jump at Leicester was not ratified.

Her father Tom, a member of Rugby AC is ranked 15th in the 100m and 31st in the 200m UK veterans rankings for 1986.