Saturday, 2 May 2020

Richard Wilkinson's Mill Hill Quiz - The answers

On Monday, we posted Richard Wilkinson's big Mill Hill Quiz. Here are the answers. 

Famous People

1. Which Doctor Who lived in Mill Hill? Patrick Troughton

2. Which James Bond lived in Mill Hill? Roger Moore

3. Which 50's Rock and Roller is buried in Mill Hill? Billy Fury

4. Which famous radio presenter opened Budgens in Mill Hill? Terry Wogan opened Budgens in 1971

5. Which iconic 60's TV star was a member of the Mill Hill Services club in the 1960's and had a gypsy caravan in his back garden, that you could see from the Ridgeway? Patrick McGoohan (Dangerman, The Prisoner)

6. Which band, which were the first UK band to have a US number one, had a member who's brother ran Kellys Corner garage in Mill Hill East? (The Tornadoes - Guitarist Stuart Taylors brother Keith ran Kellys Corner Garage) 

7. Which member of the House of Lords, lives in Mill Hill and ran the record label that signed Bad Manners? Lord Levy - Owned magnet records

8. Which famous comedian, who famously called Prince Charles a Grovelling Bastard, sent his daughters to a private school in Mill Hill and regularly opened the Christmas fete. - Spike Milligan, his Daughter attended St Marys Abbey on the Ridgewary 

9. Which Dads Army cast Member regularly opened St Josephs College Garden Fete in the 1970's - Frank Williams (the vicar) (he opened many local events)

10. Which Formula one racing driver is commemorated with a blue plaque on Parkside in Mill Hill? Graham Hill

Local Knowledge

11. What was the previous name of the pub that changed its name to The Railway Engineer after security concerns regarding the IRA? The Royal Engineer

12. What tube station in Mill Hill could you buy a ticket to, but you couldn't catch a train from in the 1960's? Mill Hill the Hale on the abandoned Norther Line Extension. 

13. What nationality was the owner of 'The Scotch Tea Rooms' on Station Road in Mill Hill in the 1960's? Austrian

14.  Why was the 240 bus from Mill Hill to Edgware a single decker until the mid 1960's? Because the Rail Bridge in Mill Hill Broadway was too low.

15.What would you see at the back of the big red brick public health building in Daws Lane ( was the home of the sea scouts) that was a leftover from the second world war in the 1960's  and fascinated many young  boys playing on the swings in Mill Hill Park? There was a large anti aircraft gun (allegedly decommissioned ) that the Sea Scouts would use for 'training'.

16. How much was a single ticket from Mill Hill Broadway to Borehamwood in January 1971? 8p

17. Why would you visit Rex Godwin on the Broadway  in 1970? (an extra point if you can say the service that wasn't advertised in the window)? Rex was a cobbler. He was also the local Littlewoods Pools agent

18. What would you buy from the back section of Mill Hill Television in the mid 1970's, which was very popular with teenagers? They had a records section and listening booths. 

19.  Where was the 'New China Garden' in Mill Hill? This was the chinese restaurant that became the Moon House, then Hees. Now a beauty salon

20. What was the name of the Cricket Club that had a clubhouse in the middle of Mill Hill Park? Hendon and Edgware Cricket Club

1974... Hendon Edgware Cricket team1st 11

Notable Buildings and Landmarks

21. What did the initials NIMR stand for? National Institute for Medical Research 

22.  Who owns the Observatory on the Watford Way Mill Hill? University College London

23. Who were the former owners of St  Josephs College on Lawrence Street? The Mill Hill Missionary Society

24. Where is a blue plaque on the side of a Mill Hill building that marks the site of Quaker Meeting House? On the side of the house on the Ridgeway opposite Wills Grove

25. What was the name of the pub that stood on the site of what is now the Kentucky Fried Chicken? The Royal Scot

26. Why was the Railway Tavern in Mill Hill a mile from the Railway Station? Because the builders of the Broadway were religious absteemious and passed a byelaw preventing a pub within one Mile of the Broadway

27. What was the building at the bottom of what  is now St Vincents Lane in the 1950's (the large yellow brick building on the left as you go down, which is now luxury flats)? In the 1950's this was an orphanage. It was originally a workhouse

28.  What was Athene House before it was an office block? A cinema

29. Where is the 'Old Mill' in Mill Hill? On the Mill Field.
30. Where is the 'Old Post Office' in Mill Hill? On the Ridgeway, next to the Mill field (their is a plaque)

Mill Hill Nature.

31. Where was there a plague of terrapins in Mill Hill, that made national news? Sheepwash pond 2004

32. What word would you put after  the words Angel and Sheepwash to describe well known locations in Mill Hill.?  'Pond'

33. What large animal would you be most likely to see if you are heading away from Mill Hill Broadway on Lawrence Street and you look right? horses

34. What animal will you see in a cage in A&Y locksmiths in Mill Hill? A Parrot

35. What bright green exotic species of bird will you see if you are lucky on a walk over Arrandene? Green Parakeets

36. Name three species of reptile native to Mill Hill? There are four Adders, Grass snakes, Slow Worms and Common Lizards - any three

37. What is the name of the largest nature reserve in Mill Hill? There is some disagreement on this. The largest is Darlands/ Totteridge Valley/Burtonhole Lane area, but this is not all in Mill Hill. Moat Mount is the largest single area in Mill Hill. 

38. What species of Deer might you see in Arrandene open space? Muntjack (there has recently been a sighting of a red deer and foal, but this is unconfirmed)

39. What is the name of the green space between the A41 in Mill Hill and Lawrence Street? Simmonds Mead 

40. What tree, native to Australia, which reputedly has aromatic healing properties, would you find in the middle of the green space referred to in question 39? A Eucalyptus Tree

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