North East Maps, Gifts and Clothes by Tangled Worm

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.

Prints featuring maps of Rude and Peculiar North East Place-Names, Border Reiver surnames, Viking Northumbria and North East Collieries have proved quite popular.

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 ranges include products with themes such as Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, the Angel of the North, Geordie words, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Wearside as well as some products featuring our very own Tangly, the Tangled Worm which forms our logo.

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.

North East Quiz 4

More quiz questions to test your knowledge of North East England. The fourth of our North East quizzes.

St Peter's church at Monkwearmouth, Sunderland
Quiz question 1,  Famous monastic site: Photo © David Simpson

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?

The Durham Ox
Question 3. What was this called?

4. What was the Rookhope Ryde?

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?

Market Cross, Alston
Market Cross, Alston. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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?

Blast Beach, Seaham
Blast Beach, Question 16. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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?

St. Andrew Auckland at South Church
South Church. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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?

35. What does Bigg mean in relation to the name of Newcastle’s Bigg Market?

36. The song ‘My Grandfather’s Clock ‘ (1878), from which all long case clocks now take their name was inspired by a clock situated in an inn in which North East village?

Lindisfarne or Holy Island
Question 37. © David Simpson 2015

37. What shocking event occurred in the year AD 793 that shook the region to the core and was supposedly preceded by ‘terrible portents’, that ‘sorely affrighted the inhabitants’?

38. Hairy Biker TV chef Si King was born in which North East village near Gateshead?

39. Which town is the North East birthplace of Monty Python comedian and actor, Eric Idle?

Bede's Tomb, Durham Cathedral
Galilee Chapel and tomb, Durham Cathedral. Question 40 Photo © David Simpson 2017

40. The prominent tomb of whom can be found in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral?

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Answers

  1. Wearmouth and Jarrow. Respectively the monasteries of St Peter and St Paul.
  2. The Prince Bishops of Durham.
  3. The Durham Ox (or Ketton Ox).
  4. A ballad that commemorates a raid by Tynedale mosstroopers on Rookhope in Weardale in the year 1569.
  5. Trevor Horn. The song was Video Killed the Radio Star and the group was called The Buggles.
  6. Whalton.
  7. He was the Earl of Perth, a Jacobite rebel in hiding.
  8. King Cnut.
  9. Cumbria.
  10. University College, Oxford.
  11. Escomb.
  12. Plasticine.
  13. He was a rower.
  14. Bowes Museum.
  15. Sammy Johnson.
  16. Seaham.
  17. Billingham.
  18. A Roman fort.
  19. Warkworth.
  20. Emily Wilding Davison. She was killed by the King’s Horse at the Epsom Derby.
  21. Tommy Armstrong.
  22. Rokeby.
  23. Penshaw Monument.
  24. St Andrew (St Andrew’s Auckland).
  25. Beamish Museum.
  26. Brian Johnson.
  27. George Hudson.
  28. Chris Kamara.
  29. Castle Eden Dene.
  30. Northern tribes in Roman Britain.
  31. Sunderland.
  32. St George and the Dragon.
  33. Higgs Boson particle.
  34. English style mustard.
  35. It’s a kind of barley.
  36. Piercebridge.
  37. The Viking raid on Lindisfarne.
  38. Kibblesworth.
  39. South Shields.
  40. The Venerable Bede.

North East Quiz 3

Another chance for you to test your North East knowledge with our latest quiz focusing on North East England.

Allendale Town
Home to a New Year ritual in Northumberland, Question 1. Photo © David Simpson 2018

1. Which Northumberland town, named from the valley in which it is situated, is famed for its pagan-style tar barrel ceremony that takes place here every New Year’s Eve?

2. In which North East town can you find the headquarters of The Northern Echo newspaper?

3. What is the name of the river that joins the River Wear near Bishop Auckland?

4. What is the name of the impressive and picturesque four-corner towered castle situated near Haydon bridge that is now a hotel?

Langley Castle
Hotel Castle, Northumberland, Question 4. Photo © David Simpson 2018

5. Which former North East athlete, now a sports presenter, is known as ‘the Jarrow Arrow’?

6. Who was the record-breaking yachtsman born in Newcastle upon Tyne, who became the first to sail solo around the world in both directions, both in world record-breaking time?

7. Daniel Adamson, who developed the famous Manchester Ship Canal came from which North East town?

8. What is the name of the household cleaner invented by William Handley at Byker in 1929?

Thomas Hepburn
Mining man. Question 9

9. Who was the Pelton-born miner’s leader (pictured) who founded the Northern Union of Pitmen in 1831

10. William De Hartburn (of Hartburn near Stockton-on-Tees) bought a manor from Hugh Pudsey, Bishop of Durham and so changed his name to become the first member of which famous family?

11. The River South Tyne and the River Tees both begin their journey on which Cumbrian mountain that forms the highest point in the Pennines?

12. What was the name of the Sunderland-born naturalist who was the saviour of the Spanish Ibex?

13. In which North East town was the Scottish king, William the Lion captured in 1174 and the Scottish king, Malcolm Canmore killed in 1093?

14. Where can you find the Mahogany Drift Mine; Ravensworth Terrace; Bishop Auckland’s Sun Inn and the Annfield Plain co-op?

15. Which famed eighteenth century explorer was born at Marton near Middlesbrough in 1728?

16. Where might you have found the Dabble Duck Colliery?

The village of Sadberge
Wappentake. Question 17. Photo © David Simpson

17. What was the name of the Viking wappentake or administrative district that stretched from Teesdale to Hartlepool and named after a small village between Stockton and Darlington?

18. What is the name of the magnificent mansion, now a National Trust property that lies close to the Northumbrian town of Rothbury, noted for its wonderfully wild landscaped grounds?

Outline of Roman fort near Newcastle castle
Outline of Roman fort of Pons Aelius near Newcastle castle. Photo David Simpson

19. What are ‘Aelius’ and ‘Pons’ in the Roman name for Newcastle Pons Aelius?

20. Beonnam-Wall (meaning within the wall) on Tyneside is now known by what name? It was the site of a Roman fort called Condercum.

21. What is the name of the river that flows through the centre of Darlington?

A Baldersdale scene.
A Baldersdale scene. Photo © David Simpson 2018

22. The neighbouring Yorkshire valleys of Lunedale and Baldersdale are offshoots of which North Eastern river?

23. What was the name of the County Durham equivalent of the Domesday Book compiled by the Bishop of Durham in 1183 and named from a place now located in South Tyneside?

24. Which place in the North East was known as Monkchester in Anglo-Saxon times?

Blanchland
Beautiful planning Question 25. Photo © David Simpson 2018

25. Which beautiful well-planned stone village dating from 1752 was largely constructed using stones from a twelfth century abbey that stood on the site?

26. The Derwentcote furnace near Gateshead dates from the 1720s. What was manufactured here?

Derwentcote Steel Furnace
Derwentcote Furnace. See question 26. © David Simpson 2018

27. Who was murdered by an angry mob at Gateshead in May 1080?

28. Which famed novelist, whose sales topped 100 million was born in Leam Lane, Tyne Dock in 1906?

29. The Portrack and Mandale cuts were nineteenth century short cut canals that cut through loops of which North East river?

30. Where might you find a life-size animated silver swan?

Causey Arch
Question 31, Oldest Railway Bridge. Photo © David Simpson 2018

31. Situated near Tanfield and dating from 1727, what is the name of the oldest surviving railway bridge in the world?

32. Harbottle and the Druid’s Stone can be found in the upper parts of which North East dale?

33. Around 1691 swordmakers from Solingen in Germany settled in which North East town to develop their industry there?

34. In North East dialect what is a Jinny Spinner?

35. TV architect George Clarke was born in which North East town?

36. Which village near Bishop Auckland indirectly gives its name to a major North East shopping centre?

37. What was the name of the Alnwick-born astronomer who established Greenwich as the Prime meridian?

38. What was invented by the Newcastle electrical engineer John Henry Holmes in 1884?

39. What was Sir Walter Scott describing when he said “For with the flow and ebb, its style, varies from continent to isle”?

Carlisle park, Morpeth.
Carlisle Park, Question 40. Photo © David Simpson 2018

40. In which North East town can you find Carlisle Park?

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Answers

  1. Allendale Town.
  2. Darlington.
  3. The River Gaunless.
  4. Langley Castle.
  5. Steve Cram.
  6. David Scott Cowper.
  7. Shildon.
  8. Domestos.
  9. Thomas Hepburn.
  10. The Washington family, William bought the manor of Washington and was an ancestor of George Washington.
  11. Cross Fell.
  12. Abel Chapman.
  13. Alnwick.
  14. Beamish Museum.
  15. Captain James Cook.
  16. Shildon.
  17. Sadberge.
  18. Cragside.
  19. Pons means bridge. Aelius was the family name of the Emperor Hadrian.
  20. Benwell.
  21. The Skerne.
  22. The Tees.
  23. The Boldon Book (Boldon Buke).
  24. Newcastle.
  25. Blanchland.
  26. Steel.
  27. William Walcher, the Bishop of Durham.
  28. Catherine Cookson.
  29. The Tees.
  30. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.
  31. Causey Arch.
  32. Coquetdale.
  33. Shotley Bridge.
  34. Cranefly (also called Daddy Long Legs).
  35. Sunderland born and raised in Washington.
  36. Eldon: Eldon Square. The square took its name from John Scott, Lord Eldon whose title came from the Durham village.
  37. Sir George Airy.
  38. Electric light switch.
  39. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
  40. Morpeth.