Did you have a go at part 1? The answers are below. Let us know how well you did by leaving a comment at the end of this post or on our Facebook page.
The second round is more of a test of your observation skills than your knowledge. Here are 15 external features of establishments in Buxton. See how many you recognise. We strongly advise that you do this from memory whilst staying safe at home and please follow the government’s current health guidelines.
ANSWERS TO 10 Questions about Buxton for Grownups
1. Where is the Roman temple thought to be?
A. At the top of the Slopes roughly where the weather station is. The site was excavated in 1787 and a podium 22 x 46 feet, and 4 feet high, was found along with some nails and roof tiles. The axis of the temple was north-south and faced the Roman baths and sacred spring where the Crescent now stands. The fact that it is a rectangular podium suggests that it is a Classical style temple – one of only six known in Britain!
2. What is the connection between Buxton and Mary Poppins?
A. Robert Stevenson was born in Buxton in 1905 and went on to direct Mary Poppins, as well as Bed Knobs and Broomsticks and the two Herbie films, The Love Bug and Herbie Rides Again. He also directed King Solomon’s Mines.
3. Where was the Peak Hydropathic Hotel (constructed in 1880) located?
A. Where Buxton Museum & Art Gallery now is – The Museum moved there in 1928.
4. Why was the dome added to the Devonshire Dome?
A. To create a covered exercise area when it was fully converted from stables to a hospital in 1881).
5. What is the connection between The Crescent Hotel in Buxton and Fairfax House in York?
A. Both were designed by the architect John Carr.
6. In which part of Buxton is there an area locally known as The Lont?
A. End of Granby Road in Fairfield.
7. In the 1820s, Buxton had its own racecourse for horses. What sport now takes place on this site?
High Peak Golf Club.
8. There is an ancient Bronze Age barrow at Fairfield Low. What name is this locally known by?
A. Skellybob Wood.
9. What two brooks run in from the north side of Buxton into the River Wye?
A. Nun Brook and Hogshaw Brook.
10. What grand Victorian lodge was demolished to make way for Tunstead Quarry and who were the original residents?
A. Orient Lodge, Samuel and Emma Swann.
ANSWERS TO 10 Questions about Buxton for Children
1. How high is Buxton above the level of the sea?
A. 300 metres or 1000 feet.
2. What is the modern day name for the Roman town of Aqua Arnematiae?
3. What do Buxton and the city of Bath have, which no other town/city in England has?
A. Naturally thermal spring waters – Buxton is 27 degrees centigrade and Bath is 40 degrees centigrade.
4. What type of animal helps to quench the thirst of Buxton visitors?
A. A lion’s head spouts the water at St Anne’s Well, next to the Crescent’s Pump Room.
5. How many large elephants weigh the same as the Devonshire Dome’s dome?
A. 100 – it weighs 560 tonnes.
6. What does the Foucault pendulum demonstrate (a copy of which can often be found hanging from the inside of the Devonshire Dome and was set in motion by Prince Charles at the official opening of the University of Derby Buxton campus)?
A. How the earth spins on its axis.
7. What animals can you see on top of The Crescent?
8. Why is the tower on the hill above Buxton called Solomon’s Temple?
A. The original structure was built by local farmer and landowner Solomon Mycock in the 1800s.
9. Who was Poole, as in Poole’s Cavern?
A. An outlaw who was supposed to live in the cave in the 1600s.
10. Who used to own most of the land in Buxton?
A. The Dukes of Devonshire.