Category Archives: North East Quizes

North East Quiz 7

Old Bridge, Berwick.
A North East town. Quiz Question 1 © David Simpson

1. Which North East town changed hands between Scotland and England 13 times but has been permanently part of England since 1482?

2. What was the name of the famed Newcastle-born admiral who was second in command to Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar? His prominent statue stands near the mouth of the Tyne.

3. What is the name of the 200 feet long Teesdale Waterfall situated at the eastern end of Cow Green Reservoir?

4. Which London football club takes its name from Henry Percy, the thirteenth century Northumbrian battle hero, who was the son of the Earl of Northumberland?

Dog Leap Stairs, Newcastle
Dog Leap Stairs, Newcastle. Photo David Simpson

5. The Dog Leap Stairs on Newcastle Quayside are mentioned in which song by Dire Straits?

6. In which North East town would you find the Percy Tenantry Column, otherwise known as the ‘Farmers’ Folly’?

7.  Ad Caprae Caput meaning  ‘head of the goat’ was the name the Venerable Bede used for which North East town?

8.  William Wouldhave and Henry Greathead of South Shields were noted for the invention of what?

9. Which North East village with its notable castle was named from a Northumbrian queen called Bebba?

10. What was the name of the Newcastle merchant’s daughter who eloped with the future Lord Chancellor, John Scott, after escaping from the upper window of a Newcastle Quayside house using a ladder in November 1772.

Bessie Surtees
Quayside elopement

11.  What 320 million year old fossilised feature can be found in a churchyard at Stanhope in Weardale?

12. In historic times criminals who sought protection of sanctuary at Durham Cathedral for 37 days were then escorted to which North East port before they were banished abroad forever?

Peter Lee
Question 13. Gave his name to a North East town.

13.  What was the name of the trade union leader (1864-1935) who was head of England’s first all Labour County Council that assembled at Durham? His name was later adopted as the name of a North East town.

14. Where did the Allendale miner known as ‘Jack the Blaster’ reside from around 1782.

15.  Which glam-rock singer was born in Washington in 1945?

16.  Which famous poet was married at Seaham in 1815?

17.  Which South Tynedale town has a name that derives from the meaning ‘high fork’ probably from a junction of the river and a neighbouring burn?

18.  In North East dialect what is a booler?

19.  Din Guaire (or Din Guayroi) was the Celtic name for which North East castle site and is sometimes associated with the legendary Joyous Guard, the reputed castle of Sir Lancelot, the Arthurian knight?

20.  Who were the two North East mayors respectively known as ‘Newcastle’s Dick Whittington’ and ‘Durham’s Dick Whittington’?

Village near Darlington. Question 21 © David Simpson

21.  Which pretty North East village was a popular place of retirement for Darlington residents, has a Jacobean hall and an historic church that reputedly stands on the site of a Northumbrian chieftain called Ida or Eda?

22.  What place was known to the Romans as Concangis and to the Anglo-Saxons as Conecaster?

Hexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey © David Simpson

23.  Which Northumbrian saint links Hexham Abbey and Ripon Cathedral?

24.  In the 13th century which town was described as “So populous and of such commercial importance that it might rightly be called another Alexandria, whose riches were the sea and the water its walls”?

25.  Which North East song begins with the words “As aa cam’ thro’ Sandgate, Thro’ Sandgate, thro’ Sandgate, As aa cam’ thro’ Sandgate’ Aa heard a lassie sing”?

26.  Which well-known North East drink is sometimes known as ‘Dog’?

Souter Lighthouse
Electric Lighthouse, Question 27© David Simpson

27.  What was  the first lighthouse in the world to be purposely built to be powered by electricity and the first to use alternating current?

28.  By what name is the George V bridge in Newcastle better known?

29.  In historic times what North East town was often labelled as being ‘in the dirt’ from the poor state of its roads?

30.  What battle took place near Durham City in 1346 in which the Scottish king, David II was captured?

31.  Built in 1796 by Roland Burdon of Castle Eden, which bridge was then the biggest single-span bridge in the world?

32.  What disease was discovered by this Longbenton-born physician and scientist in 1855 and takes its name from his surname?


33.  Which bishop began the building of Durham Cathedral commenced in 1093?

Durham Cathedral viewed from Gilesgate
Durham Cathedral viewed from Gilesgate. Photo ©  David Simpson

34.  Who officially opened the present Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle in May 1983?

35.  Who wrote the lengthy, much acclaimed North-East themed poem ‘Briggflats‘ in 1966?

36.  The verses of which peculiar nonsense poem that appeared in Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass were written at Croft on Tees near Darlington and at Whitburn near Sunderland and appear to be inspired by which North East worm legends?

37.  What was the name of the TV entertainer and magician born in 1938 who hailed from South Bank on Teesside?

38.  The residents of which North East town are known as ‘Sand Dancers’?

Gargoyles, Wallington
Strange gargoyles, Question 39.  © David Simpson

39.  Where would you find these strange creatures (above) and in which city did they originate?

40.  What was the surname of the Bernard (or Barnard) from which the Durham town and castle of Barnard Castle takes its name?

Answers below




  1. Berwick on Tweed.
  2.  Cuthbert Collingwood.
  3. Cauldron Snout.
  4. Tottenham Hotspur named from Harry Hotspur.
  5. Down to the Waterline.
  6. Alnwick.
  7. Gateshead.
  8. Lifeboat.
  9. Bamburgh.
  10. Bessie Surtees.
  11. A tree stump.
  12. Hartlepool.
  13. Peter Lee whose name was adopted for the town of Peterlee.
  14. The cliff at Marsden near South Shields where we now find the Marsden Grotto.
  15. Bryan Ferry, lead singer with Roxy Music.
  16. Lord Byron.
  17. Haltwhistle.
  18. An iron hoop used and stick used as a children’s toy.
  19. Bamburgh.
  20. Roger Thornton (Newcastle); Sir John Duck (Durham).
  21. Gainford.
  22. Chester-le-Street.
  23. St Wilfrid.
  24. Berwick on Tweed.
  25. The Keel Row.
  26. Newcastle Brown Ale.
  27. Souter Lighthouse near South Shields.
  28. The Tyne Bridge.
  29. Darlington.
  30. Neville’s Cross.
  31. The original Wearmouth bridge at Sunderland.
  32. Thomas Addison: Addison’s Disease.
  33. William St Carileph (or St Calais) a Bishop of Durham.
  34. Diana, Princess of Wales.
  35. Basil Bunting.
  36. The Jabberwock apparently inspired by the Lambton Worm and Sockburn Worm legends.
  37. Paul Daniels.
  38. South Shields.
  39. Wallington Hall in Northumberland, they are originally from London.
  40. Balliol.


North East Quiz 6

How well do you know North East England? Test your North East knowledge with our latest North East quiz.

Memorial to the Victoria Hall tragedy Sunderland
Memorial to the Victoria Hall tragedy © David Simpson

1. Where did the Victoria Hall disaster that claimed the lives of 183 children through crushing at a music hall event take place?

2. Where would you now find the Cale Cross, a former market cross that once stood on the Newcastle Quayside?

Cale Cross in the grounds of Blagdon
The Cale Cross. See question 2 © David Simpson

3. Which  small town was the North East birthplace of the legendary Liverpool Football club manager Bob Paisley?

4. What is the historic estate village of Raby Castle that once gave its name to a medieval shire?

5. What famous North East business was established at number 5 Market Place, South Shields in 1894?

6. In which Durham village will you find a manor house of the 1670s, and an Old Hall of the early 1600s alongside a substantial village green where there is a sculpture commemorating a footballing feat?

7. Which alcoholic drink was invented by Lieutenant Colonel James Porter in 1927?

Elvet Bridge, Durham
Durham © David Simpson

8. Which area of Durham City is thought to have a name that means ‘swan island’?

9. Kielder Water reservoir is situated in the valley of which North East river?

10. Name the Middlesbrough-born songwriter, whose creations include Fool (If You Think It’s Over), Let’s Dance, On the Beach, The Road to Hell and Driving Home for Christmas

11. What was the name of the Sunderland songwriter who wrote the Christmas song Little Donkey?

12. Which impressive National Trust property in Northumberland built by Sir John Vanburgh suffered from disastrous fires in 1752 and 1822 that leaves much of the building an empty shell to this day.

Vanbrugh architecture, Northumberland © David Simpson

13. What is situated near Bishop Auckland and described as one of the largest ancient monuments and one of Britain’s most important early industrial landscapes with traces of early medieval mining, medieval field boundaries and evidence of Iron Age farming settlements?

14. Which North East river changes its name about half way along its course after passing the site of Bewick Mill?

The Till Valley near Chillingham
The river that changes its name, Northumberland © David Simpson

15. Born in 1959 what is the real name and stage name of the Leeds-born and Darlington raised comedian who formed a unique partnership with a Middlesbrough-born comedian.

16. What is the Wrekendyke and which North East place was named from it during the nineteenth century?

17. Killhope Wheel museum in Upper Weardale is dedicated to which important North East industry?

18. What are Megstone, Elbow, Wideopens, Goldstone, The Bush, Glororum Shad, Gun Rock, Brownsman, Callers, Crumstone, Fang, North and South Wamses, Roddam and Green, Big and Little Harcar, Nameless Rock, Blue Caps and Longstone?

19. The prominent cone-shipped building of 1787 at Lemington in Newcastle was a former works used in the manufacture of what kind of product?

Lemington Glass Cone Newcastle
Lemington Cone © David Simpson

20. What is the name of the famous North East born actor and comedian who was a former pupil of Durham Chorister School near Durham Cathedral?

21. Which rugged North East castle, now a National Trust property, was converted from a castle into a private residence by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens?

22. Oswin, a King and saint of Deira is reputedly buried at which North Eastern coastal location?

23. Which North East town was once used as the film set for the TV series Supergran?

24. Where in the North East will you find the Old Low Light, New Low Light, Old High Light and New High Light?

25. At what North East park might you find Neptune in the middle of a lake, a folly in the form of a medieval tower and a temple of Minerva?

Temple of Minerva, Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
Temple of Minerva. Question 25 © John Simpson 2018

26. Dainty Dinah was the brand name for sweets and toffees once produced in which North East town?

27. What is the name of the Billingham-born actor who played the title role in the 2000 film Billy Elliot?

28. What was the name of the British Prime Minister who was born at Windlestone Hall in County Durham?

29. For which famous anthem was the songwriter Geordie Ridley (pictured) principally remembered?


30. Which North East waterfall can be found in a little valley near Bellingham in North Tynedale where it cascades with “sudden dash and bound and splash, with rout and shout and roar and din”?

31. What horrific event, the worst of its kind in North East history happened on the morning of Thursday, January 16, 1862?

32. What is the alternative name for St Mary’s Island near Whitley Bay?

St Mary's Island near Whitley Bay.
St Mary’s Island near Whitley Bay © David Simpson

33. The Dickens novel Master Humphrey’s Clock was inspired by a clock maker working in which North East town?

34. Which sheep-like breed of dog takes its name from a Northumbrian mining town?

35. What lies just offshore from the coastal village of Amble and takes its name from Amble’s river?

36. Football manager Sir Bobby Robson MBE was born in the Durham mining village of Sacriston but in which neighbouring village did he grow up?

37. What is the title of the man depicted on the statue in the centre of the market place in Durham City and which North East town and coal port was he famous for building?

The 'man on the horse' Durham
The ‘man on the horse’ Durham © David Simpson

38. Which North East family associated with Blagdon Hall near Cramlington were closely associated with the development of the town and port of Blyth?

39. Which noted US politician whose ancestors took their name from Roddam in Northumberland also has ancestral connections to the Stanley area of County Durham?

40. Jeremiah Dixon of Cockfield in County Durham gave his name to which border in the United States that subsequently gave its name to which kind of music?

Answers below




  1. Sunderland, near Mowbray Park.
  2. On the edge of the Blagdon Hall estate.
  3. Hetton-le-Hole.
  4. Staindrop, there was a once a district called Staindropshire.
  5. J. Barbour & Sons.
  6. West Auckland.
  7. Newcastle Brown Ale.
  8. Elvet.
  9. The North Tyne, North Tynedale.
  10. Chris Rea.
  11. Eric Boswell.
  12. Seaton Delaval Hall.
  13. Cockfield Fell.
  14. The River Breamish becomes the River Till at the site of Bewick Mill.
  15. Vic Reeves (real name Jim Moir) who formed a comedy double act with Middlesbrough’s Bob Mortimer.
  16. Wrekendyke is the name of a Roman road from which the name of Wrekenton was created.
  17. Lead mining.
  18. They are all names for the individual islands and rocks that form the Farne Islands.
  19. Glass.
  20. Rowan Atkinson.
  21. Lindisfarne Castle.
  22. Tynemouth Priory.
  23. Tynemouth.
  24. North Shields.
  25. Hardwick Park, Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield.
  26. Chester-le-Street.
  27. Jamie Bell.
  28. Sir Anthony Eden.
  29. The Blaydon Races.
  30. Hareshaw Linn.
  31. The Hartley Colliery Disaster (Hester Pit).
  32. Bate Island.
  33. Barnard Castle.
  34. Bedlington Terrier.
  35. Coquet Island.
  36. Langley Park.
  37. Marquess of Londoderry. Seaham Harbour.
  38. Ridley / White Ridley.
  39. Hilary Clinton.
  40. The Mason-Dixie line which gave rise to the name Dixieland and Dixieland Jazz.

North East Quiz 5

Test your North East knowledge. Some more summer time quiz questions to test your knowledge of the History of North East England.

West Auckland World Cup
Sculpture commemorating a World Cup victory of 1909. It was unveiled by Sir John Hall, David Ticer Thomas and Tim Healy in 2013 © David Simpson

1. Which County Durham village won the football World Cup in 1909 and 1911?

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?

Spirit of the Staithes, Blyth.
Spirit of the Staithes, © David Simpson

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?

Roman town site at Corbridge
Corstopitum © David Simpson

11. Which North East town was known to the Romans as Corstopitum (or Coriosopitum)?

12. What do the towns of Yarm on Tees, Warkworth and the City of Durham all have in common?

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”?

Lumley Warriors, Chestr-le-Street church
Warriors, Chester-le-Street church

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?

The South Tyne from Langley viaduct.
View from the Lambley viaduct © David Simpson

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?

Hobthrush or St Cuthbert's Isle
St Cuthbert’s Isle viewed from Lindisfarne © David Simpson

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”?

The Octagon. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner suggested that it was “perhaps an after-dinner idea of Vanbrugh’s” © David Simpson

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.

Walworth Castle
Castle near Darlington. See question 25 © David Simpson

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?

28. What links Hexham Abbey; a church at Bywell; the historic parish church of Corbridge and the medieval church at Gallowgate in Newcastle?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Poet born at Coxhoe Hall

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?

Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum © David Simpson

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?

Answers Below



  1. West Auckland.
  2. St Paul’s church, Jarrow.
  3. They are all worm legends.
  4. Pilgrim Street.
  5. Blyth.
  6. Charles Dickens.
  7. Chinatown.
  8. King Edwin.
  9. Mike Neville.
  10. Eric Bloodaxe.
  11. Corbridge.
  12. All situated within loops (meanders) of rivers.
  13. Winning of coal.
  14. Middlesbrough.
  15. The Lumley Warriors.
  16. Ross Noble.
  17. South Tyne.
  18. Rothbury.
  19. Cheviots.
  20. Hobthrush.
  21. Rothbury.
  22. Seaton Sluice.
  23. Light Bulb (incandescent lamp). Joseph Swan.
  24. Waterfalls.
  25. Walworth Castle.
  26. Bywell.
  27. Professor David Olusoga.
  28. All dedicated to St Andrew.
  29. Elizabeth Barrett (later Elizabeth Barrett Browning).
  30. The Sockburn Worm and Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’.
  31. Lindisfarne Gospels.
  32. Hermitage.
  33. Lucozade.
  34. Pat Barker.
  35. Frank Atkinson.
  36. Ushaw College.
  37. Beamish.
  38. Bernard Gilpin.
  39. Ashington.
  40. Newburn.