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Parks and open spaces - Whinfield Recreation Ground

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Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3QZ

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-Sports Pitches: Cricket, Football, Rugby
-Changing Rooms
-Play Area (Whinfield Rec Play Area)
-Facilities for Young People: Multi Use Games Area
-Car Park
-Informal Recreation
-Community events


The Council has maintained this 13¾ acre (5.5 hectares) piece of land since 1915. Also known as Whinfield Park it is Rugby's largest sporting venue including football, cricket, on site changing facilities and a car park. There is also a children's play area and a Multi-Use Games Area.

Until 2016 the park hosted a Storytelling Tree that was carved from the stump of an ash tree to commemorate the 175th birthday of Lewis Carroll, who attended Rugby School and wrote novels such as Alice in Wonderland. It is also celebrated Rugby's entry into the national Britain in Bloom competition. Unfortunately the tree became rotten and had to be removed.

The Recreation Ground is a designated Queen Elizabeth II Field.

A point of local debate is the spelling of the park. The park is named after Rev Henry Whinfield BA, DD (1726 - 93). He was the largest landowner to benefit from the enclosure of the Parish of Rugby in 1774.

Although he was born in Dunchurch, he never lived in Rugby and its surrounds following his matriculation at Peterhouse, Cambridge University in 1846.

The street name nearby has always been spelt without the letter "h".

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