Special Sub-Topic: Crawley, Sussex, England, Gulp!
|In the 1980s, Crawley High Street contained a restaurant called Minter's Restaurant. In which sport did resident of Crawley, Alan Minter, become famous?|
Boxing. At various times Allan Minter was the European and World Champion at middleweight. One of his better known quotes was "Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious." His son claimed the English Welterweight title in December 2005.
|Crawley New Town was formed by merging three existing communities. Which of the following was not one of these three?|
Pease Pottage. Pease Pottage is just to the south of Crawley, although nowadays you can barely tell where Crawley ends and Pease Pottage starts. The three communities which were combined each had a railway station so now Crawley has three stations of its own
|With which town is Crawley officially twinned?|
Dorsten, Germany. Our council could have twinned us with a sunny coastal town on the Mediterranean, but no, an industrial town that had lost its coal mines and been largely destroyed in World War 2 suited them more.
|Crawley is divided into residential neighbourhoods. On the street signs a visual clue as to which neighbourhood is given along with the neighbourhoods' name. What form does this clue take?|
Coloured strip. Not exceptionally interesting but true. Each street sign has a coloured strip along the bottom with the name of the neighbourhood. For example if the road is in Tilgate then there is a brick red strip on the sign with the word Tilgate on it.
|In November 2005 a new leisure centre was opened in the south of Crawley. What was it called?|
K2. Not my idea of an imaginative name. Broadfield stadium is nearby but is the site of the town's football team, The Hawth is the town's theatre and art complex, close to the site of the old leisure centre and although there are lakes near K2, the nearest Lakeside I can think of is a shopping centre in Essex.
K2 was opened to the public in November 2005, and was formally opened by Sebastian Coe in January 2006.
|When the Crawley New Town was built, a significant number of new schools were also built. A number of them were named after local or regional worthies. From the following list, who did not have a school named after them?|
Dr Samuel Johnson. The Dr Samuel Johnson is the name of a pub in Crawley, which at a push could be considered a place of education. Desmond Anderson and Bishop Bell were primary schools; Thomas Bennett when opened was allegedly the biggest secondary school in Europe. Bishop Bell was Bishop of Chichester during World War II. Sir Thomas Bennett was "Chairman of the Development Corporation of Crawley New Town".
|In 1983 Crawley became a parliamentary constituency in its own right. Which constituency was it formerly part of?|
Horsham and Crawley. Although Crawley was by far the larger in terms of population it was included with the older market town to the west.
|To the south of Crawley is Tilgate Park, which contains several lakes. One of the lakes was used by Sir Malcolm Campbell for flotation trials before his attempt at the World Water Speed Record. Locals know it as Campbell's Lake but what is it officially called?|
Tilgate Lake. All of the lakes listed are to be found in the area to the south of Crawley. Tilgate Lake is the largest of the lakes in Tilgate Park; it also has the greatest variety of waterfowl on it including mute swans, mallards, coots, moorhens, mandarin ducks and great crested grebes.
|When Crawley was designed, part of the plan called for each neighbourhood to have a row of shops with a pub. In Broadfield, the pub was named after the first editor of the magazine Punch, who lived in Crawley. The pub has since been renamed The Imperial, but who was the gentleman it was first named after?|
Mark Lemon. Mark Lemon was one of the regions first commuters, travelling to work in London each day by train. The Dr Samuel Johnson is a pub in Crawley but Dr Johnson was not an editor of Punch.
|Crawley is connected to the motorway network. A motorway runs around the east and south east edges of town allowing access to Crawley at junctions 10, 10A and 11. A bit of an unusual motorway in that it starts at junction seven and ends at junction eleven, immediately to the south of Crawley. Which motorway is it?|
M23. The M23 was planned to run much further into London but a feasible route was never found. An interesting source of information may be found at http://www.cbrd.co.uk/histories/m23/. Of the others, the M25 is the London orbital motorway, the M8 runs between Glasgow and Edinburgh, whilst the M69 links the M6 at Coventry with the M1 at Leicester.
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