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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

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Pawnbrokers, horse troughs and lupins: a quiz for you

 PawnbrokerNunnery LaneTrafalgar Bay & Britannia

As promised, we're offering you a quiz in place of our usual activities.  All but one of the answers are on our website here. We hope you will enjoy reading the many fascinating topics we've researched and written about.

We also hope that the quiz will provide you with a leisurely diversion in these difficult times.

1. Why was The Knavesmire on Albemarle Road well placed for business in terms of transport until 1935?

2. What’s an accumulator? Where might you have gone to recharge one in South Bank?

3. What was the ‘making season’ for bricks in 1841?

4. There's a horse trough on Bishopgate Street – now filled with flowers. What is its connection with chemical fertilizer?

5. What happened to Lendal Bridge in the 1860’s?

6. Who reputedly made the ‘the most delicious sweetmeat you can buy’ in our area?

7. What’s a beer-drop and where can you find one in our area?

8. How, in Bishopthorpe Road, is Sicily connected to Teddy Boys, videotapes and cheap alcohol?

9. In May 1916 what sadly killed Mr and Mrs Avison in Upper Price Street?

10. Why would the opening of The Knavesmire Hotel in 1932 have been such a disappointment for the late Canon Argles?

11. Why is the district known as South Bank so called, when it’s clearly on the west side of the Ouse? (You will not find this answer on the website, indeed you may not find it all…speculate)

12. What is an ostler? Where might you find one in 1841?

13. Where might local schoolchildren have had practical experience of growing vegetables in 1917?

14. What do the following pubs, late of Nunnery Lane, have in common? The Wheatsheaf; the Barleysheaf; The Crown; The Golden Ball.

15. Why should we be intrigued by lupins in our area?

16. Where would you have found a pawnbroker in our area in 1913?

17. Why was The Trafalgar Bay on Nunnery Lane so named?

18. On the outside of which trading premises on Bishopthorpe Rd will you find golden grapes?

19. On what South Bank street did a Halifax heavy bomber crash in 1945?

20. Which pub had to be demolished in 1881 in order to build Skeldergate Bridge?

Many thanks to Anne Houson for devising this. Answers will appear here next week! Do tell us if you like it and if you want more local history quizzes (email

We're planning another quiz about Nunnery Lane for the Trafalgar Bay Community page on Facebook. Sarah and Phil there have been doing sterling work keeping in touch their local customers and entertaining them.