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
New Year Ritual town, 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 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 centre. 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 (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?

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 birn Leam Lane, Tyne Dock in 1906?

29. The Portrack and Mandale cuts were short 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?

Answers below



  1. Allendale Town
  2. Darlington
  3. The 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

North East Quiz 2

How well do you know the North East? Test your local knowledge with our latest North East-themed quiz?

Sea wall, Old Hartlepool
Stag Island. Question One. Photo © David Simpson 2018

1. Which North East town has a name that means ‘stag island pool’?

2. A collection of artefacts stored in old army camp huts at Brancepeth near Durham became the basis for what famous North East institution founded in 1970?

3. Where would you find the famous Barter Books book store and what purpose did the building it occupies originally serve?

Barter Books occupies the former Alnwick Railway Station.
Barter Books. Question 3. Photo © David Simpson 2018

4. What is the name of the Sunderland-born author of the Horrible Histories series of children’s books?

5.  By what name of Viking origin are waterfalls usually known in Teesdale?

High Force
What a fall!, Teesdale. Question 5. Photo David Simpson

6. The nineteenth century historian William Tomlinson said of this town that in former times its people “were among the wildest and most uncivilised in the county. For fighting, gaming and drinking they had a worse reputation than the inhabitants of Tynedale and Redesdale” Where was he talking about?

7. What was the nickname of the famed Northumberland-born landscape gardener born at Kirkharle in 1716.

Sans Pareil replica, Shildon
Sans Pareil replica. Photo © David Simpson 2018

8. Where were the Sans Pareil and Royal George locomotives built?

9. Where in Northumberland would you find the Anglo-Saxon Frith’ or ‘Frid’ stool, possibly a symbol of sanctuary but more likely a primitive example of a bishop’s throne?

10. Which North East city has a name that derives from words meaning ‘hill island’?

11. Which North East town is famed for its beautiful bridges dating from 1611, 1850 and 1925.

Royal Border Bridge Berwick
Question 11. Photo © David Simpson 2018

12. What does the Weardale ballad The Bonny Moor Hen commemorate?

13. Who wrote the popular Geordie dialect book ‘Larn Yersel Geordie’?

14. What is the name of the oldest surviving 18th century warship that can be seen at the maritime museum at the Royal Navy Museum at Hartlepool?

15. Which is the oldest of the seven bridges across the Tyne linking Newcastle and Gateshead?

16. What disaster affected much of the North East on St Hilda’s Day in November 1771?

17. In 934 AD Athelstan king of England returned a place he described as his “beloved vill” to the Bishops of Chester-le-Street. It had been seized by Vikings in 918AD. Where was he talking about?

18.What are the names of the Newcastle-born brothers who founded Viz comic?

19. What was the name of the North East-born Victorian serial killer responsible for the deaths of up to 21 people, mostly her own husbands and children?


20. Which North Eastern town was attacked by King Eystein of Norway in what is thought to have been the last Viking raid on Britain?

21. The North East dialect word ‘gadgie’ originates in which language?

22. What is the name of the Sedgefield-born actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist who is the writer, co-creator and producer of the TV drama ‘Sherlock’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch?

23. Which impressive North East parish church dedicated to St Cuthbert and described by King James I as a ‘bonny church’, is known as ‘The Lady of the North’?

Historic view of Darlington showing the Skerne and St. Cuthbert's church
St. Cuthbert’s church, question 23

24. What was invented by John Walker, a Stockton-on-Tees chemist in 1826?

25. Which North East town derives its name from the Celtic name Allt Clud meaning cliff on the Clyde?

26. What was the fictional name for the village that was the setting for the 2000 film Billy Elliot set in east Durham?

27. What was the family name of the coal owning Marquess of Londonderry, once commemorated in the name of an east Durham Colliery?

28 Whitley Bay-born artist John Gilroy (1898-1985) was principally famous for his iconic graphic designs advertising which well-known alcoholic drink?

29. Who was the North East lead singer immortalised by John Lennon as the ‘Egg Man’ in ‘I am the Walrus’ and what was the name of his band?

30. Which legend is depicted on stone on the outside of Durham Cathedral which portrays the foundation myth of the city and the journey of the monks to Durham?

The Dun Cow and milkmaids as depicted on Durham Cathedral.
Durham Cathedral. Question 30. Photo © David Simpson 2017

31. What can be found in the weather vane of the market cross at Barnard Castle?

Market Cross, Barnard Castle
Market Cross, Barnard Castle. Question 31. Photo © David Simpson

32. In which North East town would you find the beautiful Low Hall, Monksholme and an impressive Vicar’s Pele?

33. Who was the radical Liberal politician (pictured) who founded Tyneside’s Chronicle newspaper and was once a friend of the Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi?


34. Where can you find the elegant Infinity Bridge named from its resemblance to the scientific symbol for infinity?

35. St. Cuthbert’s shrine was based here for 113 years and there were a succession of nine bishops based here. It was then one of the most important places in the region but where are we talking about?

36. What was supposedly mistaken for a French spy and hanged on the beach after it was washed ashore at Hartlepool during the Napoleonic Wars?

37. What was the name of the Durham coal owner and racehorse owner who was also a champion pugilist?

38. What was the name of the Heaton-born musician and record producer who managed both Slade and Jimi Hendrix?

39. Which North East town plays host to the spectacular Kynren?

40. Which Tyneside writer wrote the autobiographical ‘Kiddar’s Luck’?

Answers Below



  1. Hartlepool
  2.  Beamish Museum
  3.  Alnwick, Alnwick Railway Station
  4.  Terry Deary
  5.  Forces
  6.  Rothbury
  7.  Lancelot Brown, known as ‘Capability’ Brown
  8.  Shildon
  9.  Hexham Abbey
  10.  Durham from ‘Dun Holm’
  11.  Berwick
  12.  A battle between the Bishop of Durham and poachers of his land.
  13.  Scott Dobson
  14.  Trincomalee
  15.  High Level Bridge
  16.  A great flood which destroyed many North East bridges
  17.  Wearmouth
  18.  Chris and Simon Donald
  19.  Mary Ann Cotton
  20.  Hartlepool
  21.  Romany gypsy
  22.  Mark Gatiss
  23.  St Cuthbert’s church, Darlington
  24.  Friction matches
  25.  Bishop Auckland
  26.  Everington
  27.  Guinness
  28.  Eric Burdon, The Animals
  29.  Dun Cow and Milk maids who guided the Cuthbert-carrying monks to Durham
  30.  Two bullet holes resulting from a  shooting competition between a soldier and a gamekeeper
  31.  Corbridge
  32.  Joseph Cowen
  33. Stockton-on-Tees
  34.  Chester-le-Street (Conecaster)
  35.  A monkey
  36.  John Gully
  37.  Chas Chandler
  38.  Bishop Auckland
  39.  Jack Common




North East Quiz Number 1: Test Your North East Knowledge

How well do you know the North East of England? Test your North East Knowledge with these regionally-themed questions to tax your brain.

Transporter Bridge from Port Clarence looking towards Middlesbrough
The Transporter Bridge pictured from Port Clarence looking towards Middlesbrough. Photo © David Simpson 2018

1. By what name and title is the man from whom Port Clarence on Teesside is named, best known?

2. What North East location was known in Celtic times as Medcaut?

3. What is the name of the impressive thirteenth century manor house situated about a mile north of Corbridge and described as “almost completely intact”?

Aydon Castle
Medieval manor house. See question 3. Photo © David Simpson 2018

4. Alf Wight, who wrote autographical experiences of his life as a Yorkshire vet under the name ‘James Herriot’ was born in which North East city?

5. What was the 6ft 4 inch tall William Carr (1756-1825) known as?

6. A tribal name Gyrwe, meaning ‘the fen dwellers’ gave its name to which North East town?

Grey's Monument, Newcastle
Grey’s Monument, Newcastle : Photo © 2015 David Simpson

7. What connects Penshaw Monument on Wearside and Grey’s Monument in Newcastle?

8. The Terris Novalis sculpture can be found close to a long distance cycle path near which North East town?

Terris Novalis
Terris Novalis sculpture. Photo David Simpson

9. Cobweb-covered dirty bottles have remained in a shop window of a pub in which North East town for around 200 years owing to a superstition that their removal will release a curse?

10. What was the name of the eighteenth century landlady of a pub at Picktree near Washington who was apparently commemorated in song?

11. John Miles composer of the song ‘Music was my first love’ was born in which North East town in 1949?

12. Name the Monkseaton-born TV writer noted for Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

13. Ha’ Hill was the site of which North East castle?

14. Longovicium was the Roman name for the fort in which North East village?

15. The villages of Eastgate and Westgate in Weardale once marked the boundaries of what?

16. Name the North East comedian born in Acklam near Middlesbrough in 1959 and ‘the son of a biscuit salesman’?

17. Who was the first ever £1,000 footballer (pictured). Which club sold him and which club bought him?



18. What is the name of the river at Rothbury?

19. What unique North East landmark across the River Tees dates from 1911?

20. Lauren Gofton is the real name of which Sunderland-born radio presenter?

Cliff of the spectre. © David Simpson

21, Which County Durham village has a name that means cliff or hill of the ghost or spectre?

22. Jimmy Allen, a gypsy who haunts a former prison cell beneath Durham’s Elvet Bridge was a musician with a talent for playing what kind of instrument?

23. Which famous Viking king visited St Cuthbert’s shrine at Chester-le-Street in 952AD, two years before the king met his death?

24. Name the Durham-born singer song-writer from Witton Gilbert who headed the 80s and 90s band Prefab Sprout?

25. What was the nationality of the talented 3 feet 3 inches tall ‘count’ who resided in Durham City during the eighteenth century?

Gertrude Bell
Gertrude Bell

26. Gertrude Bell who was born at Washington New Hall in 1868 and grew up near Redcar, was later noted as an explorer and for her part in drawing up the borders of which Middle Eastern country?

27. Actress and scriptwriter Val McLane is the sister of which North East singer, actor and songwriter?

28. In the 1850s, the Durham historian Fordyce mentions a derisive comment about shipbuilders in a particular North East town in the earlier part of that century who could either ‘make’ a ship or ‘build’ a ship according to quality. To ‘make’ meant to build a ship as a sideline on the cheap at low cost to the buyer. Which town was he talking about?

29. What was discovered by the Hartlepool-born physiologist Sir Edward Mellanby?

30. Which North East castle once belonged to Nathaniel Crewe, the Bishop of Durham in the eighteenth century and to the industrialist William Armstrong in the nineteenth century?

Empire Theatre and Dun Cow
Edwardian Baroque architecture : Photo © David Simpson

31. In which North East city would you find ornate Edwardian Baroque style pubs called the Dun Cow and Peacock in close proximity to a theatre of the same architectural style?

32. What was described by the Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1862 as ‘Our best modern street’?

33. Which well-known North East landmark hill was once known as Odin’s Berge from its association with the Viking god Odin?

34. On 9th March 1761, during a protest against methods of conscription into the local militia, the Riot Act was read and soldiers opened fire resulting in the deaths of around 40 men and injury of hundreds more in the market place of which North East town?

Delaval development. Photo © David Simpson 2018

35. What is the name of the little coastal port that was developed by the Delaval family between Whitley Bay and Blyth with its canal-like cut?

36. Which famous defensive structure dates from 122 AD?

37. What is the name of the Newcastle-born director whose films include the Resident Evil series, Mortal Kombat and Alien vs Predator?

38. Which Tyne valley village is associated with the railway pioneers George Stephenson and William Hedley?

39. What has 27 miles of shoreline and opened in 1982?

John Simpson Kirkpatrick

John Simpson Kirkpatrick : Photo © David Simpson

40. The famed Australian and New Zealand war time hero John Simpson Fitzpatrick (pictured) hailed from which North East town?






Answers below

  1. King William IV (who was previously the Duke of Clarence)
  2. Lindisfarne
  3. Aydon Castle
  4. Sunderland
  5. The Blyth Samson
  6. Jarrow
  7. Both designed by Benjamin Green. Also, Grey’s monument commemorates the Prime Minister Earl Grey. Penshaw Monument commemorates John George Lambton, the First Earl of Durham. Lambton was Grey’s son-in-law.
  8. Consett
  9. Alnwick
  10. Elsie Marley
  11. Jarrow
  12. 12. Ian la Frenais
  13. Morpeth
  14. Lanchester
  15. The hunting park of Durham’s Prince Bishops
  16. Bob Mortimer
  17. Alf Common. Sunderland sold him to Middlesbrough.
  18. Rothbury
  19. Transporter Bridge
  20. Lauren Laverne
  21. Shincliffe
  22. Northumbrian Pipes
  23. Eric Bloodaxe
  24. Paddy Macaloon
  25. Polish
  26. Iraq
  27. Jimmy Nail
  28. Sunderland
  29. Vitamin D
  30. Bamburgh
  31. Sunderland
  32. Grey Street, Newcastle
  33. Roseberry Topping
  34. Hexham
  35. Seaton Sluice
  36. Hadrian’s Wall
  37. Paul Anderson
  38. Wylam
  39. Kielder Water
  40. South Shields

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