More quiz questions to test your knowledge of North East England. The fourth Northumberland and Durham History Quiz.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
40. The prominent tomb of whom can be found in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral?
- Wearmouth and Jarrow. Respectively the monasteries of St Peter and St Paul.
- The Prince Bishops of Durham.
- The Durham Ox (or Ketton Ox).
- A ballad that commemorates a raid by Tynedale mosstroopers on Rookhope in Weardale in the year 1569.
- Trevor Horn. The song was Video Killed the Radio Star and the group was called The Buggles.
- He was the Earl of Perth, a Jacobite rebel in hiding.
- King Cnut.
- University College, Oxford.
- He was a rower.
- Bowes Museum.
- Sammy Johnson.
- A Roman fort.
- Emily Wilding Davison. She was killed by the King’s Horse at the Epsom Derby.
- Tommy Armstrong.
- Penshaw Monument.
- St Andrew (St Andrew’s Auckland).
- Beamish Museum.
- Brian Johnson.
- George Hudson.
- Chris Kamara.
- Castle Eden Dene.
- Northern tribes in Roman Britain.
- St George and the Dragon.
- Higgs Boson particle.
- English style mustard.
- It’s a kind of barley.
- The Viking raid on Lindisfarne.
- South Shields.
- The Venerable Bede.