Borough of Rugby

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 108,935. Of which, 77,285 live in Rugby itself and the remainder living in the surrounding areas. More notable settlements include Binley Woods, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Dunchurch, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Stretton-on-Dunsmore and Wolston.

Borough of Rugby
Shown within Warwickshire
Shown within Warwickshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Administrative countyWarwickshire
Admin. HQRugby
 • TypeNon-metropolitan borough
 • Leadership:Leader and cabinet
 • MPs:Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth and Southam)
 • Total135.6 sq mi (351.1 km2)
 • Rank114th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total108,935
 • RankRanked 219th
 • Density800/sq mi (310/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code44UD (ONS)
E07000220 (GSS)
Ethnicity90.5% White (84.1% White British)
5.2% Asian
2.0% Mixed Race
2.0% Black British
0.3% Other [1]

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.[3] 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.[2]

Rugby Borough CouncilEdit

Rugby Town Hall - The headquarters of Rugby Borough Council
Rugby Borough Council logo

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 2018 (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
2022 10 23 9 0
2018 9 24 9 0
2016 9 21 9 3
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
1998 22 12 5 9



The borough is divided into 16 wards, with 42 councillors.[4][5] For a list of wards in Rugby borough see List of wards in Rugby borough by population.


The borough of Rugby has 41 civil parishes mainly covering the rural areas of the borough. Rugby town is an unparished area and so does not have a separate town council.[6]

Here is a list of parishes in the borough, some of which contain several settlements. Where a parish contains more than one settlement these are listed in brackets:


  1. ^ "Key statistics". 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Rugby MB/UD Local Government District". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Rugby RD Local Government District". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  4. ^ "RUGBY District Wards". City Population. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ "The Council". Rugby Borough Council. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ "RUGBY District Parishes". City Population. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

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