Leeds nostalgia: Historical quiz

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Quarry Hill, inside the Quarry theatre which opens on March 8, 1990. Picture shows Mr Rob Jones WYP head of design surveys the 750-seat theatre.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Quarry Hill, inside the Quarry theatre which opens on March 8, 1990. Picture shows Mr Rob Jones WYP head of design surveys the 750-seat theatre.
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Test your knowlegde of Leeds with this historical quiz...

1. West Yorkshire Playhouse owes its name to a £4m grant from West Yorkshire County Council, having previously been the Leeds Playhouse. It was eventually opened in 1990 but who the foundation stone in 1989?

Tetley's

Tetleys Brewery at Night 24 Sep 1993

Tetley's Tetleys Brewery at Night 24 Sep 1993

a) Helen Mirren

b) Dame Judi Dench

c) Patrick Stewart

d) Diana Rigg

2. The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds Dock was opened in 1996 and this year marked its 20th anniversary. Roughly how many objects does it hold in its collection?

a) 1 million

b) 500,000

c) 75,000

d) 10,000

3. How tall is Broadcasting Place?

a) 100m

b) 90m

c) 80m

d) 70m

4. What was the population of Leeds in the year 1700?

a) 150,000

b) 10,000

c) 6,000

d) 2,500

5. According to a report in The Civil History of Leeds... and the Manufacturing District of Leeds, published in 1834 and a corroborating report in the Leeds Mercury in 1879, what did Birstall man John Jackson, 71, bring back from Glastonbury in 1755?

a) stones from Glastonbury Abbey

b) textbooks belonging to Dr Joseph Priestley

c) a cutting from the famous Glastonbury Thorn

d) a cache of gold coins

6. The Queens Hotel in City Square opened in 1937 to replace the original building, which was built when?

a) 1863

b) 1864

c) 1865

d) 1866

7. What is another name for a Loiner?

a) Lionite

b) Leodisian

c) Leodiensian

d) Tyke

8. Sir John Barran (1821-1905), former mayor of the city and the man responsible for ‘buying’ Roundhay Park had what profession when he moved from London to Leeds in 1842?

a) tailor

b) tram driver

c) gardener

d) solicitor

9. During the American War of Independence (1775-1783), textile orders to the colony slumped dramatically. What did people from Hunslet, Armley and Holbeck burn in 1777 in protest?

a) Leeds Moot Hall, Briggate

b) a pile of US flags

c) an effigy of George Washington

d) a witch

10. When did Tetley’s Brewery close?

a) 2008

b) 2009

c) 2010

d) 2011

Answers: 1. b) Dame Judi Dench. 2 c) 75,000. 3. d) 70m 4. c) 6,000. 5. c) a cutting from the famous Glastonbury Thorn. 6. a) 1863. 7. c) Leodiensian. 8. a) tailor. 9. c) en effigy of George Washington. 10. d) 2011

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