Christmas & New Year Prize Quiz

It’s here! The quiz that you can work away at over Christmas and New Year. We’ve got 30 questions, including picture questions and a seasonal story for you. Don’t worry if you can’t conjure up all the answers. Just send in what you’ve got before the 8th January  and the prize of two Poole biographies will go to the person with the most correct answers. E-mail your answers to Jenny Oliver at or Katie Heaton at or bring them in to the Central Library or the Poole History Centre.



  1. Which High Street building was built for Samuel Rolles in 1798 and bears his coat of arms?
  2. Which building has the ceiling painting shown in Picture 1?
  3. What was the ‘Callaghan Clamp’ and how did it affect the development of the Arndale Centre?
  4.  What was the colour of the falling star at Number 15 High Street?
  5. Which shop has the entrance shown in Picture 2?


  6. Which Christmassy spice is associated with Nos 24 and 26?
  7. Which High Street residents entertained the King of England in 1665?
  8. Which building has the plaque shown in Picture  3?                                                                                                      
  9. What shop is on the site of the Fifty Shilling Tailors, bombed in 1940?
  10. What Indian mausoleum looks across at an orchard?
  11. Who lived in the thatched cottage (no. 78) in the 1890s?
  12. Which building displays the date in Picture 4?


  13. Where are or were the 2 ‘Parades’ in the High Street?
  14. Where did travellers board the coaches to London and Bristol in the 1830s?
  15. Who is the 18thcentury hymn writer associated with the High Street?


  16. Which building has the decoration shown in Picture 5?
  17. In 1886, a gun was bought in Henry Farmer’s shop (now Boones) and used to commit a murder. Who was the victim?
  18. Which now demolished church is shown in Picture 6?


  19. Which literary building stood where the Poole Museum entrance now stands?
  20. Which building has the date 1986 but is much older?
  21. Who were the three sisters who lived in Ivy House for most of the 19th century?
  22. What tragic fate did widow Alice Greene suffer in 1598?
  23. During whose reign was No 14 High Street probably built?


  24. What building is shown in Picture 7?
  25. Which building is on the site of the old London Hotel?
  26. Who converted a pub called the Old Red Cow for his High Street home?
  27. Whose window is shown in picture 8?
  28. In what year did Poole Borough announce their intention to clear slum properties in the High Street and old town?
  29. Where and in which year was the Poole log boat first put on display?
  30. Over which building does the carved head in Picture 9 appear?






And finally . . . a Christmas story with the names of High Street businesses cunningly concealed within it. How many can you find?

The Story of the Three Wise Men – Alternative version

Once upon a time there were three academics, Dr. Gaspard PhD and Professors Melchior and Balthazar. They were knowledgeable in many areas but particularly in astronomy, astrology and divination. Most nights they would climb their tower near the coast with its view of the harbour lights to observe the stars.

One night Professor Melchior got there first and when the others arrived, greeted them with great excitement. ‘This is it!’ he yelled, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for! There’s a new comet in the region of Gemini.’ The three debated what the star might mean, perhaps the outbreak of war, a devastating storm or the eruption of a volcano. After consulting their books they realised that it foretold the birth of a great leader, a true boy king.

Dr. Gaspard who was the youngest of the three, declared that they must follow the star and find the boy. The others were reluctant at first but soon allowed themselves to be gripped by the adventure. Within a few days they were setting out by camel with the best wishes of their colleagues ringing in their ears.

Following the star proved quite a challenge especially as it involved travelling at night. Several times they stumbled into the frontline of some local skirmish and had to retreat hurriedly. Professor Balthazar absentmindedly mislaid his water flask in the desert and they searched for an hour before spotting the canteen tied to his saddlebag. Moving east, they came to the Egyptian delta and spent an uncomfortable few days making their way through reed and papyrus swamps.

At last they came to the land ruled by King Herod and went to report their presence at the court. The grounds of the palace were stocked with white camels, herds of antelope and exotic animals. Waiting for their audience with the king, they rested in a courtyard surrounded by fruit trees where peacocks strutted and parrots flashed through the trees.

An official finally arrived to lead them from the orchard plaza through the men’s room where courtiers lounged over a game of backgammon, into the king’s presence. And what a king! He must weigh in at 18 stone at least, thought Gaspard. On the king’s head was an enormous turban, flashing with jewels, and his turquoise and burgundy robe was embroidered with gold and silver beads. The three travellers bowed low. Herod greeted them in a genial fashion and offered them refreshments in the form of lush fruit desserts with sherbert and truly scrumptious honey pastries.

The king seemed eager to show off some of his rare trinkets such as an amazing trick box which contained a jewel but seemed impossible to open. Even the scientific minds of the three travellers could not discover its secret and the works of the box were cleverly hidden from view. As they marvelled at this, the king asked casually about the purpose of their journey and Professor Melchior poured out the story of their quest for the future king.

‘He is destined to be famous across the globe.’ he enthused, ‘Millions will follow his teaching, and he will be born in this very district.’

When he could get a word in, Herod wished them success in their search and asked that they would let him know where the child was so that he could also pay homage. They said that they would and bowed humbly before quitting the royal presence.

A few days later, approaching the town of Bethlehem through the darkness, they had the feeling that their quest was nearly at an end. Strange lights flickered across the sky like quicksilver and a high wind was keening like distant singing. As the star sunk towards the horizon, it seemed to hover over the town’s principal inn. Inside, the place was teeming and it was some time before they could ask the landlord if a woman in the house had recently given birth.

‘Well, there was that couple who came a couple of days ago.’ he said, ‘She was very near her time. There was not a room left so I said they could shelter in the old stables.’ With excitement they followed the landlord’s directions past dark barns and the old corn store. ‘If this is the boy we’re looking for, what a paradox!’ said Melchior, ‘To think that a great leader could be born in such a humble place.’

In the lamp-lit stables, they found an extraordinary scene. The young mother, Mary, was resting on a makeshift bed, attended by Joseph, her husband. She had placed her baby, wrapped in clean linens, directly in a cattle feeder lined with straw. From the next stall, a grey donkey and a spotted cow looked on.

The travellers knew instinctively that they had reached the end of their search. Entering, they offered their respects to the astonished couple. Then they presented the baby with gifts that they had brought with them, a gold amulet and costly incense fit for a king, while the baby gazed serenely out in the lamp light.

That night they rested in the cabin provided for camel trains on the edge of town, sheltered by a clump of seven oaks. All three were in such an exalted mood that they could not sleep at first. Towards dawn they slept and each of them was troubled by a terrible dream of slaughter carried out by Herod’s men. In the morning, they compared notes and decided that this was an omen. They would not disclose the baby’s whereabouts to Herod and would leave the country by a different route.

Good luck and happy Christmas  – Jenny & Katie


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