Monday, April 21, 2008

Rugby Museum, Rugby

Last week I went to the town of Rugby in Warwickshire for work, at lunch I had a quick tour of the town and visited the Rugby Museum, the William Web Ellis statue and the field where the game was invented.

The museum is housed in the building where the shoe and boot maker James Gilbert, nephew of William Gilbert, made the first rugby ball in 1842.

The museum was packed with heaps of rugby memorabilia, including the original Richard Lindon (inventor of the "oval" rugby ball, rubber bladder and brass hand pump) . Traditional handmade rugby balls are still made at the museum.

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