New Year's Chiswick History Quiz
Test your knowledge of past events in the local area
Another year, another end-of-year quiz. Have a go at these teaser questions about Chiswick's illustrious history: there are a handful of warm-up questions to start with, but be warned; some of the later ones are fiendishly difficult.
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and the first person to submit all the correct answer will receive the admiration of the rest of us.
Thanks go to Carolyn Hammond from the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society, who provided most of the questions.
1) Which location was the closest Charles I came to reaching the City of London during the English Civil War?
2) Chiswick has three buildings which are Grade I listed - can you name them?
3) What is probably the oldest structure in Chiswick?
1) Name the actor who lived in Chiswick for over 20 years and was well-known for playing a TV detective
4) Which French Impressionist painted a picture of a cricket match on Stamford Brook Common, as well as of Bath Road?
5) Which of these famous figures did NOT live in Chiswick at some point in their lives:
6) Which of these figures is NOT recorded as a visitor to Chiswick House:
7) William Hogarth is undoubtedly Chiswick’s most famous resident, but which friend engraved the lines below upon his tombstone in 1764?
If Genius fire thee, Reader, stay,
If Nature touch thee, drop a Tear:
If neither move thee, turn away,
For Hogarth's honour'd dust lies here
8) What links both late 18th century Whig Opposition leader Charles James Fox AND George Canning, Liberal Tory Prime Minister during the 1820s, to Chiswick House?
9) Which British monarch did conspirators plan to assassinate as he made his way down the lane from Brentford to Turnham Green, after he had finished hunting in Kew?
Addresses and Places, Then and Now
1) What was the name of Chiswick's first purpose-built cinema, and where was it?
2) Name the figures who lived at the following addresses in W4:
3) Where was the largest employer in Chiswick at the end of the 19th century?
4) Where was Chiswick's first purpose-built police station - what is the building now?
5) What is the longest established business in Chiswick which is still trading?
6) London’s first experience of the V2 bomb came in Chiswick on the 8th of September 1944, but which street did it land on?
(A picture of the street in question, in the aftermath of the bomb)
January 15, 2014