TANGLED WORM is the online shop and sister site for England’s North East and is one way we raise revenue for the upkeep of our well-established North East site.
The England’s North East site began life as a bit of a hobby back in the 1990s and has continued to develop exponentially since.
Established by historian and former Northern Echo writer, David Simpson, it now features hundreds of pages covering North East history, culture and life. Running a site on this scale takes time and effort so revenue from the Tangled Worm shop at tangledworm.com goes towards maintaining and updating the site, even if it’s just to raise a bit of petrol money to go out and about and take photographs around the region.
With a name Inspired by the worm legend stories of Northern England, Tangled Worm began life in March 2018 with a focus on maps featuring the history and heritage of North East England.
The initial focus was on these heritage maps which build on David’s extensive research into North East history. In recent months the Tangled Worm business has expanded into clothes, accessories and gifts, mostly with North East themes.
These products, with designs unique to Tangled Worm include mugs, clothes, coasters, cushions, tote bags, necklaces, door mats and tea towels and we are constantly expanding our ranges and products.
Our Hadrian’s Wall range features a map of the Roman wall and the main forts. The range includes mugs, coasters and place mats, a maxi wallet and a tote bag featuring the famous Sycamore Gap.
Clothes by Tangled Worm include hoodies and t-shirts, all available in a choice of four colours in various sizes. For example our Angel T-shirt is available in grey, white, green and light blue.
We also do socks featuring our very own Tangly. Our tote bags likewise include a choice of four colours for each product. There are bags for Mackem Lasses, Geordie Lasses and Durham Lasses and others featuring the Angel, Sanctuary Knocker and Bamburgh.
We are proud of our region and it’s great that sales from Tangled Worm can be used towards keeping the England’s North East site up and running.
Check out our Tangled Worm Shop at tangledworm.com and help support a North East site and business.
More quiz questions to test your knowledge of North East England. The fourth of our North East quizzes.
1. What were the names and locations of the two monasteries founded by Benedict Biscop in the seventh century that were both associated with the famed monk and scholar, the Venerable Bede?
2. In medieval times these North East-based men with king-like powers could raise their own armies; appoint their own sheriffs and justices; administer their own laws; levy taxes and customs duties; create fairs and markets; issue charters; salvage shipwrecks; collect revenue from mines; administer the forests and mint their own coins. Who were they?
3. What was bred by the brothers Charles and Robert Colling of Ketton Farm near Darlington around 1796 and taken on a tour of the whole country?
5. The first ever video to feature on MTV was written and performed by a musician from Houghton-le-Spring. What was his name, what was the song and what was his group called?
6. Which village near Ogle in Northumberland is noted for its annual summer time baal ceremony which dates back to pagan times?
7. What was the apparent true identity of James Drummond who worked as a ferryman on the River Wear at Fatfield near Washington from around 1746?
8. In 1031 who walked barefoot from the County Durham village of Garmondsway (near Coxhoe) on a pilgrimage to St Cuthbert’s shrine?
9. The historic town of Alston in the valley of the South Tyne is situated in which county?
10. William of Durham, the thirteenth century rector of Wearmouth was the founder of which esteemed educational institution?
11. Where will you find one of the oldest churches in Britain, built with stones from the nearby Roman fort of Binchester?
12. North Shields-born William Harbutt (pictured) is famous for inventing which malleable substance popular with children?
13. A staggering 130,000 turned out to see the Tyneside funeral of revered sportsman Harry Clasper in 1870. What was his sport?
14. What magnificent French chateaux style building opened near the County Durham town of Barnard Castle in 1892?
15. The ‘Sunday for Sammy’ charity entertainment event commemorates the memory of which North East actor and musician?
16. Where would you find Blast Beach, Chemical Beach and Nose’s Point?
17. Where in the North East can you find a Saxon church on a hilltop village with an extensive chemical works nearby?
18. What kind of ancient feature would you find at Whitley Castle in South Tynedale?
19. Which beautiful North East castle was described by William Shakespeare as a “worm-eaten hold of ragged stone”?
20. Which notable female campaigner for women’s rights who died in 1913 lived in the village of Longhorsley near Morpeth and what was her fate?
21. Wor Nanny’s a Maizor’, The Trimdon Grange Disaster, ‘The Oakey Strike Evictions’, ‘The Durham Strike’, ‘Stanla Markit’, ‘The Cat Pie’, ‘Sheeld Raw Flud’ and ‘Dorham Gaol’ were works by which North East songwriter, known as ‘the Pitman Poet’?
22. What was the name of the Sir Walter Scott poem that alludes to the Teesdale area with lots of references to the dale’s Viking connections?
23. What monument was built to commemorate John George Lambton, the First Earl of Durham?
24. What is the dedication of the church at South Church in County Durham?
25. Where might you be welcomed upon entrance by the 35 feet tall, ‘Tiny Tim’ weighing 90 tons?
26. Name the Dunston-born singer with rock band AC/DC?
27. Which York-born Sunderland MP was known as ‘The Railway King’
28. Which Middlesbrough-born footballer and TV presenter’s father came from Sierra Leone?
29. Bruce’s Ladder, Gunner’s Pool, Black Bull’s Hole, Kissing Frog Stones, Devil’s Lapstone, Devil’s Bridge, Devil’s Scar, Seven Chambers and Pegjellimas Cave are all features in which North East beauty spot?
30. Who were the Votadini and the Brigantes?
31. Sportsman, Charles W. Alcock (pictured) who established the FA Cup competition and organised the world’s first international football and cricket competitions was born in which North East town?
32. Who and what features on the statue at the centre of Newcastle’s Old Eldon Square?
33. What is the name of the once-elusive particle predicted by the Nobel prize-winning Newcastle-born physicist Peter Higgs?
34. What did Mrs Clements of Durham City invent in 1720?