Monday, 3 May 2010

Southwark Blue Plaques-who am I?

1. The finest ever cricketer to come from Southwark, born in Rotherhithe, known as The Guvnor, played at the highest level for Surrey & England.

Bobby Abel.

2. Born in Walworth, he is known as the 'Father of Computing', his Analytical Engine of 1856 is recognised as the foundation of today's computers.

Charles Babbage.

3. Writer, journalist & social reformer. His first succesful novel was the Pickwick Papers.

Charles Dickens.

4. Famed for her childrens' books, including Little Noddy.

Enid Blyton.

5. His real name is Maurice Micklewhite...not a lot of people know that!

Michael Caine.

6. A famous American actor & director, who was the driving force & inspiration behind the current Globe Theatre, on the South Bank of the Thames.

Sam Wanamaker.

7. A local singer, who topped the charts in the fifties, & later went on to star in hit musicals such as Half A Sixpence & Finian's Rainbow in the sixties.

Tommy Steele.

8. A famous actor of the silent era, whose best loved character was 'The Tramp'.

Charlie Chaplin.

9. This woman created the London A to Z, walking over 3,000 miles in the process.

Phyllis Persall.

10. A policeman who was based at Carter Street, who wrote a number of books about his career, after he retired, who also had a column in the 'South London Press'.

Harry Cole.

11. This woman was a social housing reformer, & also founder of the National Trust.

Octavia Hill.

12. A war time forces favourite, born in Camberwell. She also sang with Glenn Miller & Bing Crosby.

Anne Shelton.

13. This man was the principal benefactor of an American university bearing his name, & also has a Southwark Library named after him.

John Harvard.

14. This man came to England on the Empire Windrush from Jamaica in 1948, having served in the RAF during the war. He became the first black mayor of Southwark in 1983.

Sam King.

15. A playright & essayist in eighteenth century Britain, who has a primary school in Peckham named after him.

Oliver Goldsmith.


1. Name the three road bridges between Tower & Waterloo bridges.

Blackfriars; Southwark; London (3)

2. In which park is Queen Mary's Rose Garden?

Regents Park. (1)

3. Which London Borough stetches furthest south?

Croydon. (1)

4. Which is the only tube station to share the same name with one on the Paris Metro?

Temple. (1)

5. Two famous explorers have statues at the Royal Geographical Society, at Kensington. Who are they?

David Livingstone; Ernest Shackleton. (2)

6. Which archictect designed City Hall, home of the Greater London Authority & the Mayor of London?

Norman Foster. (1)

7. Which London football ground shares its name with a village in Yorkshire, the site of a famous battle in 1066 between the English Army & an invading Norwegian force?

Stamford Bridge. (1)

8. From what does Fleet Street get its name?

The River Fleet. (1)

9. On which different underground lines will you find Greenford; Upney; & Southgate?

Central; District; Picadilly. (3)

10. What is the London connection with Lake Havasu City, Arizona?

It is the where the old London Bridge was re-built in 1971. (1)


1. Who were the mother & daughter who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971 & 2006?

Princess Anne; Zara Phillips. (2)

2. Virginia Wade was the last British lady to win at Wimbledon, in 1977. Which Dutchwoman did she beat in the final?

Betty Stove. (1)

3. In 1956 the Queen Mother almost won the Grand National, but her horse suddenly collapsed less than fifty yards from the finish line. Can you name the horse & jockey?

Devon Loch; Dick Francis. (2)

4. In 1954 Roger Bannister became the first man to break the 4 minute mile barrier, running 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. At which Oxford racetrack was this at?

Iffley Road. (1)

5. In which North American sport is the Stanley Cup competed for?

Ice hockey. (1)

6. This season the European Champions' League Cup Final is between Bayern Munich & Inter Milan. Last year which Spanish side beat which English club in the final?

Barcelona; Manchester United. (2)

7. England have won the last two home series of 'The Ashes' in cricket, against Australia. And what ground did they clinch their victories both times in the fifth & final test?

The Oval. (1)

8. Two sporting venues in the London Borough of Southwark were used as venues in the 1948 Summer Olympic games. Can you name them?

Champion Hill, Dulwich Hamlet FC; Herne Hill. (2)

9. The 1953 FA Cup Final is known as the Matthews Final, after the famous footballer Stanley Matthews, who was on the winning side against Bolton Wanderers, in a 4-3 thriller against Bolton Wanderers. Who did he play for, & which other famous footballing Stanley got a hat trick for his side?

Blackpool; Stan Mortensen. (2)

10. England famously won the World Cup in 1966, beating West Germany 4-2; Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick. But who scored the other goal?

Martin Peters (1)