To end 2011, let’s tax your brains a little with a short quiz on Ripon; all the answers have been given in these columns since January, in the order of the questions, so if you’ve been paying attention, your score should be 25 out of 25! There are no prizes – just the satisfaction of knowing that your brain is still active and retentive. Answers at the end.
1. Which of these was NOT counted as a ‘blessing’ for Ripon in a January column: (a) the racecourse (b) the clock tower (c) the Hornblower?
2. Which writer referred to Ripon’s inns as being ‘very deare to strangers they can impose on’: (a) Daniel Defoe (b) John Leyland (c) Celia Fiennes?
3. There were plans to take woodland out of the ownership of The Forestry Commission. How many hectares of Land does the Commission own: (a) 528,000 (b) 825,000 (c) 258,000?
4. Which architect promised Ripon a work built ‘according to the most antient symmetry’: (a) James Wyatt, planning the Town Hall (b) Joseph Hansom planning St Wilfrid’s Church (c) Nicholas Hawksmoor, planning the obelisk?
5. Which Ripon premises remained in a semi-derelict state (as it still does), despite a letter to the Gazette in 2009 saying that it was ‘in the process of being restored’: (a) the former Opera House, now Sigma Antiques (b) the former FADS store in Kirkgate (c) the former Maltings at Ure Bank Top?
6. On 1 April an April Fool’s column announced the discovery of what in Ripon: (a) a Bronze Age slave-trading post (b) a Saxon market place (c) a Roman Hippodrome?
7. Open spaces was the subject of a column, quoting Professor Jan Gehl, an expert on urban design. Is his nationality: (a) Danish (b) German (c) Dutch?
8. Lessons for Ripon were suggested by the Prince of Wales’ development on the edge of Dorchester in Dorset; is it called: (a) Pressbury (b) Poundbury (c) Pombury?
9. Did ‘The Quirk Review’, published in 2007, make proposals for: (a) reforming house building (b) transferring public property to community groups (c) allowing local authorities to keep business rates?
10. Ripon has an average of 680 what each year: (a) millimetres of rainfall (b) committee meetings of all kinds (c) reports to the police of antisocial behaviour?
11. What was the author of ‘Brief Lives’, John Aubrey, quoted as suggesting was viewed with suspicion until the 17th century: (a) government (b) the theatre (c) change
12. Dereliction caused by Ripon’s gypsum was compared to that caused by what historical event: (a) the German Baedeker Raids of 1942 (b) the Japanese tsunami of early 2011 (c) the earth tremor that brought down the cathedral tower in 1450?
13. The Civic Society published a series of themed walks in July; which of these was NOT among them: (a) Fishermens Walk (b) Bishops Walk (c) Mayors Walk?
14. The ‘Master of Ye Revels’ at the 1886 Millenary celebrations was the subject of a column in August. Was he: (a) Darby Ferrand (b) Danby Fuller (c) Darcy Ferrars?
15. Writer Tom Dyckhoff had the windows of his flat boarded so that they only allowed in the amount of light the windows of a modern house provides. Was the amount let in measured at: (a) 5,000 lux (b) 500 lux (c) 50 lux?
16. Ripon was compared with Totnes after Nicholas Crane’s television programme about it in his series ‘Town’. Totnes has its own currency; is it: (a) the Totnes Token (b) the Totnes pound (c) the Transition Voucher?
17. A poll to find the Worst Buildings in Britain was noted in a column. Which of these was NOT one of them: (a) London’s Barbican Centre (b) the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh (c) The Sage in Gateshead?
18. A scheme to let people pay through electricity bills for energy efficiency measures to their homes is proposed. Is it called (a) The Energy Enhancer (b) The Green Deal (c) The Efficiency Bonus?
19. Each of the 23 minutes saved with the High Speed 2 railway line from London to Birmingham by 2026 will cost the country (at current prices): (a) £73, 913,045 (b) £739,130,435 (c) £7,391,304,359?
20. Thomas Gent’s ‘Antient and Modern History of the Loyal Town of Rippon’ prints a long poem by Peter Aram, father of the convicted murderer Eugene Aram. Is Peter’s poem called: (a) Studley-Park (b) Fountains-Abbey (c) Rippon-Minster?
21. Charles Piazzi Smyth, whose house, Clova, is on Clotherhome Road, was the first person to put telescopes on mountain tops; where did he first experiment with this: (a) Switzerland (b) South Africa (c) Tenerife?
22. Yorkshire has two World Heritage Sites. One is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal; which is the other: (a) York (b) Saltaire (c) Captain Cook’s Whitby?
23. National Tree Week is run by: (a) The Tree Council (b) The Woodland Trust (c) The National Trust?
24. Is the Harrogate Borough Council unit that has produced plans for pedestrianizing Kirkgate called: (a) Your Streets (b) My Neighbourhood (c) Our Town?
25. The 18th-century collector William Weddell, who lived at Newby Hall, was originally known as: (a) William Jenkins (b) William Robinson (c) William Elcock?
Answers: 1b, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5a, 6c, 7a, 8b, 9b, 10a, 11c, 12a, 13b, 14c, 15c, 16b, 17c, 18b, 19b, 20a, 21c, 22b, 23a, 24b, 25c
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