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Rugby (district)

Borough of Rugby
Borough and Non-metropolitan district
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region West Midlands
Administrative county Warwickshire
Admin. HQ Rugby
 • Type Non-metropolitan borough
 • Leadership: Leader and cabinet
 • MPs: Mark Pawsey and Jeremy Wright
 • Total 135.6 sq mi (351.1 km2)
Area rank 120th
Population (Template:English statistics year)
 • Total 100,500
 • Rank Ranked 228th
 • Density 740/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 44UD (ONS)
E07000220 (GSS)
Ethnicity 90.5% White (84.1% White British)
5.2% Asian
2.0% Mixed Race
2.0% Black British
0.3% Other [1]

The Borough of Rugby is a local government district with borough status in eastern Warwickshire, England.

The borough comprises the town of Rugby where the council has its headquarters, and the rural areas surrounding the town.

The borough has a population of just over 91,000. Of these, over 60,000 live in the town of Rugby, with the remainder living in the rural areas surrounding the town.

The borough stretches from Coventry to the west, to the borders with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire to the east. It borders the Warwickshire districts of Warwick to the south-west, Stratford to the south, and Nuneaton and Bedworth to the north-west.


The present borough was created on 1 April 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972. It was created by a merger of the municipal borough of Rugby (which covered the town of Rugby) and the Rugby Rural District.

The town of Rugby had gained the status of an urban district in 1894.[2] At the same time the Rugby Rural District was created covering the surrounding countryside. The town and rural district had separate councils, both based in Rugby.

In 1932, Rugby's status was upgraded to that of a municipal borough, and its boundaries expanded to include most of Bilton, Brownsover, Hillmorton and Newbold-on-Avon.

Rugby Borough Council

The headquarters of Rugby Borough Council are based at Rugby Town Hall on Evereux Way in the town centre. The last elections to the council were held in May 2007 (see Rugby local elections).

One third of council seats are elected every year, with one year without an election. The political makeup of the council in the past few elections has been:

Year Labour Conservatives Liberal Democrats Oth
2011 11 29 8 0
2010 11 28 9 0
2007 11 27 10 0
2006 13 24 10 1
2004 14 21 10 3
2003 16 18 10 4
2002 16 18 10 4
2000 18 14 9 7
1999 22 11 7 8


The borough is divided into 20 wards, with 48 councillors. For a list of wards in Rugby borough by population see here.

The borough of Rugby has 39 civil parishes, some of which contain several settlements. Rugby town is unparished and so does not have a separate town council.

Parishes and settlements

Places in the borough include:


Coordinates: 52°22′31″N 1°15′49″W / 52.3752°N 1.2637°W / 52.3752; -1.2637

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