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We’ve roamed the world on previous quizzes so this time we’re closer to home to test your local knowledge. The first 8 questions are about Barkham and the final 2 Wokingham.

  1. Q. There is an entry for Barkham in the Domesday Book (survey). In what year was the survey completed?
    A. 1086
  2. Q. The Bull Alehouse (now The Bull inn) was initially also the location where which trade was practised?
    A. Blacksmith (smithy)
  3. Q. In which decade (or the year if you’re really clever!) did the trade (in question 2) cease and the premises converted into a restaurant?
    A. 1980s
  4. Q. Which is oldest – St James’ Church or the nearby Church Cottages?
    A. Church Cottages. The current church building dates from 1860-61 but the cottages are late 15th century.
  5. Q. In which decade was Elizabeth Park built?
    A. 1980s
  6. Q. Most streets in Elizabeth Park are named after trees or shrubs/bushes. Which 3 are not?
    A. The Woodlands, Somerville Close, Thorne Close.  I’ve taken “The Vines” as being near enough a tree!
  7. Q. What is the name of the stream which runs through Barkham and which river is it a tributary of?
    A. Barkham Brook/Lodden
  8. Q. There are a number of listed buildings in Barkham but only two “mansion houses”. Which are they?
    A. Barkham Manor (rebuilt in the late18th century) and Barkham Square (built in the 1740s).
  9. Q. Which Wokingham school did Princes William and Harry attend?
    A. Ludgrove
  10. Q. Which Wokingham-born actor initially found fame in the film “About a Boy” and went to make many TV and film appearances, including “Beast” in the X-Men films?
    A. Nicholas Hoult

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