The Brownsover Hall Hotel, with the nearby church and the surrounding hamlet have a fascinating history and the Hall's former owners, the Boughton and Ward-Boughton-Leigh families, have been connected with the Hall for centuries and are connected with both interesting characters and national events. This booklet tells some of those connected stories.
This book started as an introduction to the author's study of the history of the Rugby Portland Cement Company which gave information on some of the other early lime producers in the Rugby area. Although none were as long lasting as Rugby Cement, they had interesting stories to tell. Hopefully this booklet will provide an insight into the development of this important industry between the 18th Century and the early 20th Century.
From before the 1800s and into the 1900s, there were increasing numbers of coal merchants in Rugby, looking to supply the population of an expanding town. Of particular interest were the coal merchants that operated from North Street, especially the four family businesses that operated in turn from 14 North Street. The three earlier families were all related. The fourth and last, the Babbedge family, who operated until the 1930s, is considered in greater detail because of the information available from the family.
Brick making is not an industry normally associated with Rugby and there are no obvious remains unlike those of the better known lime and cement industry. However, there were probably at least twenty separate brick manufacturing businesses active for various periods in 19th Century Rugby.