LOOKING BACK - April 16 edition

Lower Hillmorton Road
Lower Hillmorton Road

A few more road names and their origins

A few months ago I delved into Rugby Local History Research Group’s interesting list of street name origins, which seemed to go down well.

Here are a few more:

Drury Lane, off Lawrence Sheriff/St Matthew’s Street:

This surprisingly gets its name from the Drury Lane Theatre in London, because a troupe of players from the theatre played there. It was a medieval lane and previously known as Back Lane and then Tinkers Lane.

Dukes Jetty is the cut-though next to the Nationwide building society, linking High Street and Sheep Street. It was named in 1956 after Arthur Joseph Dukes, who lived from 1887 to 1965 and was Mayor of Rugby in 1949-50.

The Dukes family for many years had an ironmongery and grocery business in Sheep Street and in its early days the entrance to their residence was in the ‘jetty’.

Hillmorton Road was one of two historic routes between Rugby and the village of Hillmorton.

The road led to the village or hamlet of Hulle which grew up on the higher land to the south of the Domesday village of Moreton.

In medieval times Hulle and Moreton were merged to become Hillmorton.

And Lower Hillmorton Road was the other route.

The road led to the low lying Domesday village of Moreton. The picture is one out of our archives. Unfortunately there’s no date on it.

Little Church Street gave access to St Andrew’s Parish Church from Hillmorton Road and Barby Road.

The street features in a plan of 15th century Rugby, when it was known as ‘Old Town Street’.

Church Street and Church Walk are also linked to the 12th century parish church. And until 1891, the part of Church Walk which joins the main road was called Church Road.