In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
March 7 , 1914
In consequence of an application from the Bilton Parish Council for consent to borrow £1,000 for the provision of allotments adjoining the new burial ground at Croop Hill, Mr RH Bicknell, a local government board inspector held an inquiry at the Church Hall, New Bilton on Wednesday. They asked for repayment to be spread over at least 60 years. It was intended to lay out 10 acres in plots of 400 square yards to be let at 2s6d per ‘hundred’, producing £54 and to let the remaining five acres at £3 an acre.
March 6, 1964
Two Long Lawford brothers aged seven and eight returned home on Monday from the Hospital of St Cross after being treated there since Sunday for an overdose of Port wine. Their mother said she found them very ‘starry-eyed’ on returning from her mother’s home across the road. They had been playing in the living room while their mother prepared Sunday lunch. She thought as they had been very sick they were suffering from food poisoning. A full bottle of sherry that was near the port had not been touched.
March 2, 1989
An ambitious scheme to build a new shopping complex is set to change the face of Rugby town centre. Detailed plans have been unveiled for a site to include shops, homes, offices, restaurants and a three-screen cinema. Developers want to transform the derelict and unsightly Chapel Street area into a new ‘heart’ for Rugby. A covered centre with two-level shopping would link into a multi-storey car park and the existing shopping centre. Borough planners have welcomed the scheme.