Local History Quiz #9: Leeds Blue Plaques

This week’s local history quiz focuses on the Leeds Civic Trust Blue Plaques of Leeds and is brought to you by librarian Louise Birch.  Most of the answers can be found somewhere on this site or on our photographic archive Leodis, and you can see the full-set of answers at the bottom of the page…

Q1. What world’s first took place on Leeds Bridge in 1888 thanks to the work of Louis Le Prince

  1. First recording of sound
  2. First moving picture
  3. First colour photograph

Q2. Temple Works in Holbeck was modelled on the Egyptian temple of Edfu, but what animals does popular legend say grazed on the roof during it’s time as a flax mill?

  1. sheep
  2. goats
  3. lamas

Q3. Who was the first female MP for Leeds, holding her constituency meetings at the Leeds Corn Exchange?

  1. Dr Edith Pechey
  2. Eleanor Heaton
  3. Alice Martha Bacon
Leeds Corn Exchange

Q4. Cliff Road in Headingley was home to which famous painter?

  1. Atkinson Grimshaw
  2. Jacob Kramer
  3. Damien Hirst

Q5. The Leeds Library on Commercial Street is the oldest British subscription Library still in existence, when was the Library first founded?

  1. 1738
  2. 1768
  3. 1808
Leeds Library, Commercial Street

Q6. Golden Acre Park was once considered a rival to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which of these attractions is not listed on its blue plaque?

  1. Miniature railway
  2. Water-chute
  3. Crazy golf
Golden Acre Park

Q7. The City Varieties hosted which of these performing giants in their day?

  1. Charlie Chaplain
  2. Harry Houdini
  3. Buster Keaton

Q8. The Salem Chapel in Holbeck is the founding site of which team?

  1. Yorkshire County Cricket Club
  2. Leeds United Football Club
  3. New Hunslet Rugby Club

Q9. Founded in 1849, The Leeds Club, Albion Place was the place to be for the ‘Leading Lights of Leeds life’, but in what decade did they allow women members?

  1. 1970s
  2. 1980s
  3. 1990s

Q10. In 1846 a converted house on Back Rockingham Street Leeds became home to what place of worship?

  1. First Leeds Synagogue
  2. First Leeds Methodist Mission
  3. First Leeds Quaker Meeting House

Q.11 In 1990 Queen Victoria Street was glazed over to create a new arcade home to luxury brands that would see it named the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ but according the its blue plaque, what stood here first?

  1. Shambles & Slaughterhouses
  2. Hatters & Haberdashers
  3. Blacksmiths & Breakers yards

Q12. The Cottage Road Cinema is Leeds oldest continuously running cinema opening in 1912, what was the building prior to its conversion into a cinema?

  1. Stable
  2. Motor garage
  3. Cloth warehouse

Q.13 The Hotel Metropole, King Street, was built by Chorley, Connon & Chorley, what material is it made of?

  1. Brick
  2. Portland Stone
  3. Terracotta
Metropole Hotel, King Street

Q14. John Harrison endowed Leeds with almshouses, a new grammar school, a market cross and a church, which pets did this animal lover create small doors for through the wall of his Briggate home so they could get about unimpeded.

  1. Cats
  2. Dogs
  3. Ferrets

Q15. Band Leader Ivy Benson was famous for her four decade long ‘all-girls’ band, but according to her blue plaque in Holbeck, which instrument isn’t listed as one she played?

  1. Trumpet
  2. Flute
  3. Saxophone

Q16. Which imaginative author resided at 2 Darnley Road West Park?

  1. Arthur Ransome
  2. R. R. Tolkien
  3. C. S. Lewis
Darnley Road, Number 2

Q17. Joseph Aspdin of Hunslet patented ‘one of mankinds most important manufactured materials’ but what was it?

  1. Electric magnet
  2. Friction matches
  3. Portland cement

Q18. Claremont Villas, Clarendon Road holds the blue plaque for Leonora Cohen, ‘Leading suffragette famous for smashing a showcase in the jewel house at the Tower of London’, in protest ‘to the Government for its refusal to Enfranchise Women’, what item did Leonora use to smash the case? (It now resides in the Leeds Museum)

  1. Hammer
  2. Iron bar
  3. Candlestick

Q19. Based at what was to become Carlton Barracks and disbanded in 1969, ‘The Leeds Rifles were a volunteer corps raised by resolution of Leeds Town Council in 1859’ when the Government feared invasion by which country?

  1. Russia
  2. Spain
  3. France

Q20. ‘Alarmed by the insanitary and overcrowded state of the Parish Church graveyard and body snatching, the Leeds elite bought £25 shares in the Leeds General Cemetery Company.  It acquired St George’s Fields and created the fine private cemetery, where many Leeds worthies lie’ including Britain’s first black circus owner and his wife – who were they?

  1. Billy Smart & his wife Dolly
  2. Pablo Fanque & his wife Susannah
  3. Robert Fossett & his wife Emma

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