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North East Quiz 3

Another chance for you to test your North East knowledge with our latest quiz focusing on the History of 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
Wapentake. Question 17. Photo © David Simpson

17. What was the name of the Viking wapentake 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?

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?

Answers below



  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.

North East Quiz 2

How well do you know the North East? Test your local knowledge with our latest History of North East England 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 which famous North East institution and great day out 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, tongue-in-cheek 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 in stone on the outside of Durham Cathedral? It 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. The building was formerly 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. Much of the movie was filmed around Easington.
  27. Vane Tempest.
  28.  Guinness.
  29.  Eric Burdon, The Animals.
  30.  Dun Cow and Milk maids who guided the Cuthbert-carrying monks to Durham.
  31.  Two bullet holes resulting from a  shooting competition between a soldier and a gamekeeper.
  32.  Corbridge.
  33.  Joseph Cowen.
  34. Stockton-on-Tees.
  35.  Chester-le-Street (Conecaster).
  36.  A monkey.
  37.  John Gully.
  38.  Chas Chandler.
  39.  Bishop Auckland.
  40.  Jack Common.