Special Sub-Topic: A Journey Around Norfolk
|I am stood outside the rather snappily named Museum of Gas and Local History in a town once described as "the most boring place on earth". Seems a little harsh to me as I quite like it here in ... which place?|
Fakenham. Fakenham is actually quiet a picturesque old market town with one especially nice little bistro that I frequent. The "most boring place on earth" quote originally appeared on The Knowhere Guide website (a website for people to contribute their views on their hometowns) but was jumped on by a newspaper who reported it as a fact.
|Which is the only east coast town in Britain from which it is possible to watch the sun set over the sea?|
Hunstanton. Although Hunstanton is an east coast town it in fact points west due to the coastline around The Wash. It is, therefore, possible to watch the sun set over the sea. The other oddity of Hunstanton are its cliffs which due to alternate banding of red and white limestones gives them a stripey appearance.
|The Norfolk Coast Path meets the Peddars Way near which Norfolk seaside town?|
Holme-Next-The-Sea. The Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton to Cromer whilst the Peddars Way goes from Knettishall Heath in Suffolk to Holme-Next-The-Sea where they meet. Together they form one of the 14 English and Welsh national trails and cover a distance of 97 miles.
Holme-Next-The-Sea is also famous for being the site of the enigmatic Seahenge, an early bronze age timber circle which was discovered on the beach nearby (it has since been excavated and removed for preservation).
|The Norfolk Broads is one of Britain's newer national parks, what year did it obtain that status?|
1989. The Norfolk Broads are a series of lakes and rivers, many of which are navigable, which cover around 117 square miles of Norfolk and neighbouring Suffolk. The Broads are mostly man made and due to flooding of medieval peat workings.
|The highest point in Norfolk is Beacon Hill with a height above sea level of 338 feet. Does this make it higher or lower than the highest point in neighbouring Suffolk?|
lower. Norfolk has a reputation as being flat and its county high point is the lowest of any of the English counties. Beacon Hill is formed from deposits left by glaciation at the end of the last ice age.
|Which famous Norfolk resident was described by a contemporary as being tall, had hair described as reddish-brown or tawny hanging below her waist, a harsh voice and a piercing glare, and habitually wore a large golden necklace, a many-coloured tunic, and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch. It was also said that she was "possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women".|
Boudicca. Boudicca was a queen of the local Iceni tribe who lived in what is now Norfolk. She led a rebellion against the occupying Roman army that managed to destroy the towns of Colchester, London and St Albans. She was eventually defeated in battle by the legions.
|There are seven Burnham villages in Norfolk. Who is the most famous son of Burnham Thorpe?|
Lord Horatio Nelson - Naval Hero. Horatio Nelson was born in the village in 1758. Unfortunately the building he was born in was demolished shortly after his father's death. However, the local pub which was renamed in his honour in 1798 still stands and does a very fine line in hospitality. It was here that Nelson hosted a dinner party for all the young men of the village prior to his departure to serve on HMS Agamemnon.
|King Olav V of Norway was born in which Norfolk house?|
Sandringham House. Sandringham House is a royal residence in North Norfolk. The original building was bought by Queen Victoria in 1862 but this was razed to the ground and rebuilt after it was decided that it was too small for their needs. The present building dates from 1865 and is used as a holiday home for the Royal family. King Haakon VII of Norway and Queen Maud used Sandringham as a place to stay whenever they visited England.
|Which Norfolk town shares its name with a footballer who scored in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final?|
Sheringham. Sheringham is a former fishing village on the North Norfolk Coast. It is also one of the termini of the preserved North Norfolk Railway which operates steam trains between the town and Holt. This line is known as The Poppy Line due to the large number of wild flowers in this area of Norfolk which itself is often called Poppyland.
|This town was the first ever British town to suffer an aeriel bombardment when it was bombed by a Zeppelin in 1915. It also suffered a tragedy when a bridge collapsed in 1845 killing 79 people. Where is it?|
Great Yarmouth. The bridge disaster occurred on 2 May 1845. A suspension bridge which was crowded with children collapsed killing 79. Apparently they had gathered to watch a clown in a barrel being pulled down the river by geese. As the clown passed under the bridge the children ran to the other side causing the weight to shift and the chains on the south side to snap, tipping over the bridge. Very sad but I'm sure you would have got long odds from a bookmaker if you had predicted it.
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