Case Studies - Rugby School

Since the school moved to its present site in the 1750's, the current School House is one of the oldest buildings located within the confines of Rugby School. It stands facing the school's renowned 'Close', the place where in 1823 a local schoolboy, William Webb Ellis, first picked up the ball and ran with it to create the game of Rugby Football.

The current School House was designed by the architect Henry Hakewill between 1809 and 1815, when the building originally consisted of a single large room with a curved exterior wall. It was extended throughout the 19th century when further studies and another...

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