Test your North East knowledge. Some more summer time quiz questions to test your knowledge of the History of North East England.
2. Where would you find Britain’s oldest surviving church dedication inscription?
3. Laidley, Lambton, Longwitton and Sockburn are all examples of North East what?
4. Which Newcastle street was known as Vicus Peregronium before 1230?
5. Where would you find a sculpture called the Spirit of the Staithes?
6. Who said of a Barnard Castle establishment “There is good ale at the King’s Head. Say you know me and I am sure they will not charge you for it.”?
7. What name is given to the Stowell Street area of Newcastle?
8. The historic church at Coniscliffe (which means King’s Cliff) near Darlington is dedicated to which Northumbrian king and saint?
9. What was the name of the Willington Quay-born TV anchorman who hosted regional TV news magazine programmes in the region from 1962 until his retirement in 2005?
10. The Rey Cross near the A66 to the west of Barnard Castle is situated near the site where which 10th century Viking king and warrior met his end in an ambush?
11. Which North East town was known to the Romans as Corstopitum (or Coriosopitum)?
13. The Winning in the name of Esh Winning, a village in County Durham, refers to winning what?
14. Which North East town was described by the Prime Minister Gladstone as “an infant Hercules”?
15. A series of medieval family effigies in the parish church at Chester-le-Street are known as the what Warriors?
16. Which North East comedian and actor was born at Cramlington in 1976?
17. The impressive Lambley Viaduct crosses which North East river?
18. In which North East town would you find the river feature called The Thrum?
19. In which North East range of hills might you find Happy Valley?
20. What is the alternative name for St Cuthbert’s Isle which lies just off the shore of its larger neighbour, Lindisfarne?
21. Comedian and TV’s Pointless Presenter, Alexander Armstrong was born in which North East town?
22. Where would you find the Octagon, a former 18th century customs house who the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner suggested was “perhaps an after-dinner idea of Vanbrugh’s”?
23. What remarkable invention was demonstrated at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society in February 1879 and what was the name of its creator?
24. Found in the valleys of Northumberland and in the northern parts of County Durham what is a linn?
25. What is the name of the castle near Darlington built by Thomas Jennison, the Auditor of Ireland in 1603? It is now a hotel.
26. Where would you find a Saxon and a Norman church, only metres apart, respectively known as ‘The White Church’ and ‘The Black Church’?
27. What is the name of the historian and TV presenter who was born in Lagos, Nigeria but raised in Gateshead to a British mother?
29. Which famous poet (pictured) was born at Coxhoe Hall near Durham?
30. The Conyers Falchion, a sword in the possession of Durham Cathedral is associated with which legend and famous poem?
31. What beautiful creation produced around 715 AD is attributed to the Northumbrian monk and bishop, Eadfrith?
32. What remarkable feature can be found within the rocky banks of the River Coquet near Warkworth?
33. What famous drink was invented by William Owen, a chemist in Newcastle’s Barras Bridge in 1927?
34. What is the name of the Teesside-born novelist whose works include Union Street, Century’s Daughter and the Regeneration Trilogy?
35. What was the name of the Yorkshire-born founder of Beamish Museum?
36. What institution established to the west of Durham City in 1808 began life at Douai in France in 1568 but relocated to England in the aftermath of the French Revolution?
37. Who was the author of A General History of Quadrupeds published in 1790?
38. What was the name of the sixteenth century rector of Houghton-le-Spring, who set out for Northumberland each winter to evangelise amongst the wild border folk of Northumberland?
39. Which North East town was the birthplace of football heroes, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton and Jackie Milburn?
40. What was the name (and also the location) of the battle on Tyneside in 1640 that was a major prelude the English Civil War?
- West Auckland.
- St Paul’s church, Jarrow.
- They are all worm legends.
- Pilgrim Street.
- Charles Dickens.
- King Edwin.
- Mike Neville.
- Eric Bloodaxe.
- All situated within loops (meanders) of rivers.
- Winning of coal.
- The Lumley Warriors.
- Ross Noble.
- South Tyne.
- Seaton Sluice.
- Light Bulb (incandescent lamp). Joseph Swan.
- Walworth Castle.
- Professor David Olusoga.
- All dedicated to St Andrew.
- Elizabeth Barrett (later Elizabeth Barrett Browning).
- The Sockburn Worm and Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’.
- Lindisfarne Gospels.
- Pat Barker.
- Frank Atkinson.
- Ushaw College.
- Bernard Gilpin.