Special Sub-Topic: A '9 for 10' Journey Through England
|Which southwestern county, home to two peninsulas separated by Mount's Bay, is known for Land's End and pasties?|
Cornwall. Mount's Bay is the county's largest bay and is situated between the Penwith and Lizard Peninsulas. The former is the site of Land's End and the westernmost point of the island of Great Britain, while the latter is home to Lizard Point, the island's southernmost point.
Near the middle of Mount's Bay is an island called St Michael's Mount which is home to an amazing castle once used in the 1979 film "Dracula" and the 2003 film "Johnny English". It is thought the bay takes its name from this island, to which one can walk via a causeway at low tide.
|In which town, the county town of Buckinghamshire, would you find giant puppets of characters from Roald Dahl's books every July 2nd as part of the Roald Dahl Festival?|
Aylesbury. Since the town of Aylesbury has been first recorded to have held the name Ęglesburgh, meaning "Fort of Aegel", it has had 57 variations of this name. The town is also home to the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery, a museum which uses Roald Dahl's books as themes to introduce children to science, history, and literature. Roald Dahl himself had lived in the nearby village of Great Missenden for several decades until his death in 1990.
|Which coastal English county takes its name from a major river which has its estuary in the county's center and empties into Liverpool Bay?|
Merseyside. The massive estuary of the River Mersey separates the county of Merseyside into two parts, with the area west of the Mersey Estuary taking the name Wirral from the Wirral Peninsula on which it mostly lies.
This peninsula is home to Birkenhead Park, opened in 1847 and noted as being the first public park in Britain to have used public funds for its development. It is generally accepted that seeing this park inspired American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in designing Central Park in New York City.
Olmsted had written in his book "Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England" about how much he admired the way "art had been employed to obtain from nature so much beauty" and "that in democratic America there was nothing to be thought of as comparable with this People's Garden".
|Which geographical feature links these names across England: Morecambe, Widemouth, Bridgwater, and The Wash?|
Bay. Morecambe Bay and The Wash are among the largest and most recognizable bays in England. Morecambe Bay is found between the counties Cumbria and Lancashire and is known for its quicksand and quick tides, which are said to come in "as fast as a horse can run". The Wash is an almost square-shaped bay between southeastern Lincolnshire and Norfolk. It is one of the country's largest estuaries, being fed by a number of rivers including the Great Ouse, the United Kingdom's fourth-longest.
|Which Berkshire town, its county town, has been the site of Oscar Wilde's imprisonment, is the birthplace of Ricky Gervais, and sits near the confluence of the rivers Thames and Kennet?|
Reading. Reading has also been the site, since 1971, of the massive Reading Festival, a music festival, part of the Reading and Leeds Festivals which take place simultaneously in Reading and Leeds in the month of August. The Reading Beer Festival has also been held in Reading since 1994 for four days a year.
Forbury Gardens, a public park in the Reading Town Centre, has been an award winning park for its welcoming, safe environment since the installation of closed-circuit cameras to monitor the area. It has lent its name to the New Zealand suburb of Forbury by way of Reading-born settler William Henry Valpy in the 19th century.
Coincidentally, the city of Reading, Pennsylvania is located in Berks County in the United States.
|Which island, the second largest belonging to England, is found off the eastern coast of the county of Kent and is connected by the Kingsferry lifting bridge?|
Isle of Sheppey. All of the choices are among the largest and most populous islands of England. Isle of Sheppey lies within the Thames Estuary and its name is derived from an ancient Saxon word meaning "isle of sheep", which is fitting even today.
The Kingsferry Bridge opened in 1960 at what had been the site of a few earlier bridges. It is used for cars, pedestrians, and railway and is capable of lifting a large middle portion of itself a maximum of 84 feet to allow large ships to pass underneath. Every lift is recorded and the bridge has done this over 100,000 times.
|Which coastal southern county can boast being home to Thomas Hardy's Cottage and seaside towns like Weymouth and Poole?|
Dorset. Also located in Dorset is the famous steep cobbled street called Gold Hill in the town of Shaftesbury. It has been featured in a number of television commercials and even the 1967 film "Far From the Madding Crowd", based on a Thomas Hardy novel. Perhaps the most likely place where you can catch a glimpse of Gold Hill in film is the 1973 commercial for Hovis bread called "Boy on Bike". In this advertisement, which was voted Britain's favorite of all time, a young boy has to deliver bread to a home at the top of the hill by walking his bike up to it, then he enjoys the ride on the way down.
|Which city sits across the River Tyne from Newcastle and lends its name to what is sometimes called the Winking Eye Bridge?|
Gateshead. Opened in 2001, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge has a unique and awe-inspiring design which is nicknamed the Blinking Eye Bridge or the Winking Eye Bridge. It is capable of rotating 40 degrees from the point where it is used as a bridge to the point where it is facing the sky to allow boats to pass below.
The bridge is within view of the very symbol of Newcastle, the Tyne Bridge, as well as the Sage Gateshead, an oddly curved glass and steel structure housing a performing arts center. The Sage has drawn some criticism through the years for attracting an elite culture and for being what some believe is an ugly building resembling a giant slug.
|Which region of England, whose southern border is partially defined by the River Nene, is home to such cities as Derby, Leicester, and Lincoln?|
East Midlands. The counties of Derbyshire (that's Dar-bee-shur), Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire (that's Less-ter-shur), Rutland, and Northamptonshire are always present in their entirety when using the term "East Midlands", though Lincolnshire has a unitary authority area that tends to be left out. This area is North Lincolnshire, forming the northernmost part of Lincolnshire county, and is considered part of the region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
The region of East Midlands is known for its cuisine which includes the sour Bramley apple, the charming Bakewell tart, and cheeses like Red Leicester and Stilton, the latter of which holds "protected designation of origin" (PDO) which states it can only be made in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire. Surprisingly, this means that cheese made in the Cambridgeshire village of Stilton, from which it gets its name, can no longer be called Stilton cheese.
|If you've answered questions 1-9 correctly, the first letter of each answer will give you the name of a university town home to the teaching hospital Addenbrooke's, the park Jesus Green, and the annual Strawberry Fair for children.|
Cambridge. Addenbrooke's Hospital was founded in 1766 in central Cambridge thanks to the more than £4,500 donation left by English doctor John Addenbrooke in his will. Since 1976 it has been located on the southern side of the city which has more recently become home to a shopping area, food court, sports center, and more.
Every two years Addenbrooke's opens its doors to the public with a "free day" of hospital tours which offer a glimpse at areas like the basement, the mortuary, and rooftop from which the surrounding buildings can be seen.
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