We’ve roamed the world on previous quizzes so this time we’re closer to home to test your local knowledge. The first 8 questions are about Barkham and the final 2 Wokingham.
- Q. There is an entry for Barkham in the Domesday Book (survey). In what year was the survey completed?
- Q. The Bull Alehouse (now The Bull inn) was initially also the location where which trade was practised?
A. Blacksmith (smithy)
- Q. In which decade (or the year if you’re really clever!) did the trade (in question 2) cease and the premises converted into a restaurant?
- Q. Which is oldest – St James’ Church or the nearby Church Cottages?
A. Church Cottages. The current church building dates from 1860-61 but the cottages are late 15th century.
- Q. In which decade was Elizabeth Park built?
- Q. Most streets in Elizabeth Park are named after trees or shrubs/bushes. Which 3 are not?
A. The Woodlands, Somerville Close, Thorne Close. I’ve taken “The Vines” as being near enough a tree!
- Q. What is the name of the stream which runs through Barkham and which river is it a tributary of?
A. Barkham Brook/Lodden
- Q. There are a number of listed buildings in Barkham but only two “mansion houses”. Which are they?
A. Barkham Manor (rebuilt in the late18th century) and Barkham Square (built in the 1740s).
- Q. Which Wokingham school did Princes William and Harry attend?
- Q. Which Wokingham-born actor initially found fame in the film “About a Boy” and went to make many TV and film appearances, including “Beast” in the X-Men films?
A. Nicholas Hoult