Avon Mill Rugby

A 1900s trip down the river Avon revisited, part nine

Returning to the course of the river Avon: there was a mill at Rugby worth 13s 4d in the Domesday survey. Rugby Mill continued as an active corn mill longer than some of the other mills on the river Avon, continuing through the 1st World War and until 1928, when James T. Haynes was the miller. However trade directories* suggest that it was no longer a mill by 1932. It is now a thriving pub (called Avon Mill); most of the old buildings have gone and various extensions have been added since the 1900s.

Avon Mill swimming pool

The Avon Mill open-air swimming pool opened nearby on July 13th 1929. It was demolished in 1977 and is now part of the car park for the Hunter’s Lane recycling centre. You can see a photo and some comments about it here.

A trip down the River Avon revisited

This is part of a series of ‘before and after’ photographs based on the Rev. E.N. Dew’s lantern slides for a talk about the Warwickshire Avon. The original photos date from around 1900 and the linked article explains the history of the photographs.

Do you remember the swimming pool?

* Trade directories (the yellow pages of the day) are a really useful source of information about the 19th and 20th centuries and can be consulted at the Warwickshire County Record Office.

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