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North East Quiz 6

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

Memorial to the Victoria Hall tragedy Sunderland
Memorial to the Victoria Hall tragedy : Photo © 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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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. Photo © 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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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. Photo © David Simpson 2018

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?

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Answers

  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 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.