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St Botolph's Church, Newbold-on-Avon - - 59377.jpg
St Botolph's Church
Newbold-on-Avon is located in Warwickshire
Location within Warwickshire
Population1,548 (2001)
OS grid referenceSP495765
Civil parish
  • Newbold-on-Avon
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGBY
Postcode districtCV21
Dialling code01788
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′24″N 1°16′52″W / 52.390°N 1.281°W / 52.390; -1.281Coordinates: 52°23′24″N 1°16′52″W / 52.390°N 1.281°W / 52.390; -1.281

Newbold-on-Avon is a suburb of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, located around 1½ miles north-west of the town centre. From the 2011 Census population details are kept within Rugby. Newbold was historically a village and civil parish in its own right, but was incorporated into the borough of Rugby in 1932.[1] The name is derived from the Saxon Niowebold ('New house').[2]

The older part of the village of Newbold sits on a hill on the B4112 road and contains some red brick 18th-century houses and some timber-framed buildings from the 17th century. The church of St Botolph in the old village, is grade I listed[3] and dates from the 15th century, and stands on the site of an earlier church. Modern housing estates have grown up to the east and south of the old village core at the base of the hill.[1]

The River Avon runs to the south of Newbold and the Oxford Canal runs immediately to the north. The canal goes through the 230-metre-long Newbold Tunnel; This tunnel was built in 1829 as part of a scheme to straighten the canal, and it replaced an older tunnel which dated from 1777 on a different route perpendicular to the later tunnel. The southern portal of the old tunnel can be seen next to the churchyard, it is now bricked up but with two holes to allow for bats to enter. There are two canalside pubs The Boat and the Barley Mow.[4] The tunnel is oval in section, with the lower part forming an inverted arch for strength.[5]

There are some former quarries in the Newbold area. One of them has been converted into a nature reserve, known as Newbold Quarry Park.[2]

The main secondary school in Newbold is Avon Valley School.


  1. ^ a b "Parishes: Newbold-on-Avon". British History Online. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Geoff, Allen (2000). Warwickshire Towns & Villages. Sigma Press. p. 93. ISBN 1-85058-642-X.
  3. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST BOTOLPH (1183970)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ "THE OXFORD CANAL AT NEWBOLD ON AVON". Our Warwickshire. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  5. ^ Burton, Anthony; Platt, Derek (2001). The Anatomy of Canals. Vol 1: The Early Years. History Press. p. 65. ISBN 0752421379.