Leeds nostalgia: March hare, ancient trees and the invention of the century...

Sunrise at the Aire and Calder Navigation, ay Stanley Ferry, Wakefield Leeds..(SH100/58b).12th December 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme
Sunrise at the Aire and Calder Navigation, ay Stanley Ferry, Wakefield Leeds..(SH100/58b).12th December 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme
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1. Leeds Minster, formerly Leeds Parish Church, also known as St Peter’s Church, is marking its 175th anniversary this year, being consecrated on Setpember 2, 1841, although there has been a church on the site since the 7th century. When the church was rebuilt, workers discovered the famous Saxon Cross build into the old walls. In what year, though, did that work begin?

PICTURE 7- BLACK PRINCE - ERECTED (1903)
Workman began to erect the majestic statue - the defining image of City Square.  However it was a slow process.  The grand bronze took seven years to complete and had to be cast in Belgium as it was too large for any British foundry.  It was brought to Leeds by barge from Hull along the Aire and Calder Navigation.

PICTURE 7- BLACK PRINCE - ERECTED (1903) Workman began to erect the majestic statue - the defining image of City Square. However it was a slow process. The grand bronze took seven years to complete and had to be cast in Belgium as it was too large for any British foundry. It was brought to Leeds by barge from Hull along the Aire and Calder Navigation.

a) 1832

b) 1834

c) 1836

d) 1838

2. In the late 1800s there were calls for Kirkstall Abbey to be demolished, the land used for housing but the site was famously bought by Col John Thomas North (1842-1896), also known as ‘The Nitrate King’, in 1888, but for how much?

a) £10,000

b) £100,000

c) £1m

d) £10m

3. It is 100 years since Morley-born Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith left office, having entered in 1908 - his most important contribution being the Parliament Act, which limited the power of the House Of Lords, but in what year was it passed?

a) 1909

b) 1910

c) 1911

d) 1912

4. John Smeaton is famous for inventing what in 1756?

a) the electric chair

b) concrete

c) the first metal screw

d) electrolysis

5. The original Shire Oak in Headingley, which lent its name to two nearby pubs and was thought to be over a thousand years old, collapsed in which year?

a) 1841

b) 1842

c) 1941

d) 1942

6. The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society was famous for bringing what to Leeds?

a) the statue of the Black Prince

b) an Egyptian mummy

c) a stuffed elephant

d) llamas

7. The inspiration for the March Hare in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland came from a carving in a church in Beverley? The pilgrim rabbit, as it is known, is above a doorway at St Mary’s Church is said to have been carved in what year?

a) 1330

b) 1430

c) 1530

d) 1630

8. The war memorial on The Headrow was unveiled in 1922 and originally stood in City Square. In what year did it move to its present location?

a) 1926

b) 1936

c) 1946

d) 1956

10. In what year did the Aire and Calder Navigation open?

a) 1600

b) 1700

c) 1800

d) 1900

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ANSWERS: 1. d) 1838 2. a) £10,000 3. b) 1910 4. b) concrete 5. c) 1941 6. b) an Egyptian mummy 7. a) 1330 8. b) 1936 9. b) 1936 10. d) 1700

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