Parks and open spaces - Jubilee Gardens

Record details

Address

Regents Place, Rugby

Location Map

Facilities

-Regent Place Town Garden
-Seating
-Spring Bulbs
-Rupert Brooke Statue

Description

Over the winter of 2008/9 a new piece of artwork in the form of a sofa will be added to Jubilee Gardens as part of the "Writer's Row" collection, soon to be seen at various locations around the town in celebration of Rugby's famous writers and literary heritage.

The Gardens, in Regents Place in Rugby's Town Centre, mark the site of an ancient British fort of the Dobuni tribe, which faced a similar fort at what is now Brownsover, occupied by the Coritani tribe. The fort survived until the 12th century when it was destroyed during the reign of King Stephen of Blois (1135-1154).

During the 13th century, Regents Place was the site of a moated manor house belonging to the de Rokeby family. It is from the name Rokeby that the town's name, Rugby, is derived.

The Council purchased this half an acre piece of land in 1903 for £2,105. In 1906 the area was laid out as an ornamental garden. However, many people were in favour of building a swimming pool there and so on Saturday 30th April 1910 Regent Street Baths opened to the public, having been built at a cost of £4200 by a Mr. Cockerill.

On 7th June 1977, Regents Place was opened as Jubilee Gardens for the Queen's Silver Jubilee by Councillor G D Collett, Mayor of the Borough of Rugby. Three other sites were also opened at the same time to celebrate the jubilee: St. Andrew's Gardens, Richard Lovegrove Adventure Playground on Jubilee Street (Jubilee Recreation Ground), and Avenue Road.

In 1988, artist Ivor Robert-Jones was commissioned to create the statue of Rupert Brooke that now stands in Regents Place. The sculpture was unveiled by Mary Archer in memory of the poet who was born in Rugby and attended Rugby School. More information on Rupert Brooke can be found at the website of the Rupert Brooke Society.

Accessibility

Fully accessible.

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