In this week’s quiz, various contributors to this year’s Plymouth History Festival have supplied us with questions. How many points can you score? And if you don’t know, how many can you find out? We’ll share the answers tomorrow morning.
Round One from Old Plymouth Society
- Where is the oldest and longest lasting ropewalk in Plymouth?
- Where would you have found a Lampson Paragon System – and what is it?
- Name 3 buildings or structures in Plymouth City Centre still on the same site as before WW2.
- When did the amalgamation of the Three Towns take place?
- In the 1830s approximately how long would it have taken to get to London from Plymouth by stage coach?
- Which saints are dedicated to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Plymouth?
- Where did Francis Drake marry his first wife, who was she and what year did it happen?
- Which was the first store in Plymouth to get an escalator?
- When the old Ford Workhouse was demolished in the 1990s, some of the limestone blocks were re – used in the construction of which new building?
- There is a piece of wood with initials RFS carved on it in St Bartholomew’s Church, Milehouse. What is the significance of this wood and whose initials are they?
- How did Prince Maurice Road and Mount Gould get their names?
- 21-3-47 – these numbers cut into a piece of granite, signify an important date in Plymouth’s history. What is it and where can they be found?
- In which year did the Plymouth Pier open?
- When was it demolished?
- What was the first shop to be opened in the New Cornwall Street after the Blitz?
Round Two The Saltash Bridge from Bridging the Tamar
- How much does one main span of the Royal Albert Bridge weigh?
- How many Royal Albert Bridge land spans are there on the Devon side of the river?
- Who officially opened the Royal Albert Bridge?
- How many wire ropes form each main cable on the Tamar Bridge?
- How did Brunel travel over the Royal Albert Bridge after it was officially opened?
- What year did construction of the Royal Albert Bridge start?
- What was the original name of the Royal Albert Bridge?
- What date was the Tamar Bridge officially opened, and by whom?
- What date was the Strengthening and Widening scheme on the Tamar Bridge officially opened, and by whom?
- From which Plymouth Station did trains to Cornwall depart from when the Royal Albert Bridge first opened?
Round Three from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- What year was the Plymouth Naval Memorial unveiled by HRH Prince George (later George VI)?
- To the nearest hundred, how many names from WW1 are commemorated on the memorial?
- To the nearest hundred, how many names from WW2 are commemorated on the memorial?
- What type of stone are the majority of CWGC headstones made out of?
- How old was the youngest casualty of World War 1?
Bonus Question by Devonport Naval Heritage Centre
When did building work begin on Devonport Dockyard, or Plymouth Dock as it was originally known?
Bonus Question by Tamar Barge
When was the Lynher barge built?