Rugby may be in the middle of England but it has always been on a border. This makes describing its early history difficult. For much of the time we are not certain where the border was exactly so Rugby could have been on either side.

The development of Rugby will be considered in three main phases:-

Prehistory – to c1100 A.D.
Medieval Market Town – From 1100 to 1836
Industrial Town – From 1836 to now.

Over time, governance of the parish of Rugby has been expanded to include the adjoining rural villages.

Timeline of the history of Rugby. This includes events in Rugby and the neighbouring parishes.