JUL 00] RUPERT BROOKE NEWS
£1 Million Scheme For Rupert Brooke Birthplace
could soon be two new corners of Rugby that will be forever Rupert
ambitious scheme is on the drawing board to buy the house where he was
born, and convert it to a birthplace trust for visitors.
scheme could cost £1 million, to be raised with a lottery bid,
commercial support and money from landfill tax levied on local
the old indoor market, off Castle Street, is being converted to a pub
that will bear the name of the war poet, famous for The Sonnets. One
of which The Solider, is well-known for its opening lines:
I Should Die, Think Only This of Me,
There’s Some Corner of a foreign field
is forever England…”
new birthplace house, (not being called a museum) would feature
radio-controlled headsets, and use still and aniamatronics models. Few
artefacts exist belonging to the Brooke family, although some are in
possession of Rugby School.
room in the house would cover a subject: school days, his time at
Cambridge, war days, death scene, a replica of the grave on Skyros and
the Lover’s Room which would tell the story of the poet’s confused
was born in the house at 5 Hillmorton Road, close to Rugby School, and
lived there for about four years.
father was a master at the school and Rupert was a pupil ahead of
going to Cambridge, which was the focus some of his later poems.
Richter, town centre manger of Rugby said:
is all at an early stage. We shall probably be launching this in
September and then asking the people of Rugby in October if they
support the scheme
do not yet know if would be able to raise all the money and we would
not want to raise people’s hopes at this stage. There is still some
work to do.”
application will be made to the lottery board for cash, which could
match pound-for-pound the money raised in the town.
unusual form of fundraising could come from the landfill tax, where
money for the infilling of local quarries (perhaps including Rugby
Cement and another at Lawford Heath) can be diverted from central
government to a local good cause.
Brookeophiles on the tourist trail, there is a statue that stands in
Jubilee Gardens, Regent Street (site of the old outdoor baths) which
was unveiled in 1988 by Mary Archer. The scheme was put together by a
local group to celebrate the centenary of Brooke’s birth.
Archer family live in the Old Vicarage in Grantchester, that Brooke
wrote about. There is a small museum at that site.
is a limited number of opportunities for Rugby visitors to catch up on
the history of the poet who died in 1915. He was buried in an olive
grove on the Aegean island of Skyros.
is the cross taken from the grave, and now planted in Rugby’s
Clifton Road cemetery.
And there is his mother’s home in Bilton Road,
which bears a heritage blue plaque, where Brooke polished off some of his
work from 1909.
first anniversary of the Rupert Brooke Society is approaching. Its
chairman is the radio DJ Mike Read, who is planning to make a film on
Brooke’s life, and president is the former Rugby doctor and
councillor Peter Miller, who was the figurehead for the centenary
gathering will be held at Rugby School on 12 August. It will be
followed by a tour of Brooke sites in the town. They will also be told
more of the plans for the birthplace house.
new stopping off point for Brooke tourists could be the pub bearing
the name of the solider, which is nearing completion.
many drinkers complain about the loss of traditional pub names, the
newest pub in Rugby will take a trip down memory lane and is named
after the war poet.
old indoor market closed last year and although other licensees were
against the scheme. The site has been redeveloped by the Wetherspoons
chain whose reputation is for cheap beer and music-free pubs.