Lock-down Quiz No 3
Here is another local history quiz to help keep you amused during lock-down. This one is a little different. Answers will be published next week.
I have decided to go on a journey in the East Neuk by bike. I cheated a little in that I loaded the bike on to the back of the car and drove to my starting point.
I started in a small village which not many people pass through as it’s not really on the route between any other places. It was where the Terras Family first had a shop and actually there is still a sign of it in the village. Anyway, I got on my bike and cycled along the main street in a generally westerly direction until I came to a milestone, which had recently been refurbished. I turned left here as it is really the main road. I cycled along this road passing a rough track on my right which led to a quarry on the hill and a dog kennel place. Anyway, I came to a T Junction. Taking care, I turned left here and freewheeled for a bit down a hill but remember as a small boy freewheeling by car all the way from Kilbrackmont past the wee manny. I had to start peddling again when I passed an entrance to what used to be a large stately home but now is a modern house and there was a ruined stable courtyard that we used to play in as wee boys. It was downhill again and freewheeled until I stopped at a T junction. I noticed a cottage on my right hand side. The owner was made famous by a song.
Anyway, couldn’t dally so I turned left and here was a straight stretch of road that I was able to get up a fair speed until a sharp bend to the right and I noticed a sign to a Castle (well I have never thought it was really a castle, but it called itself that). I turned this corner and passed the entrance to a stately home but it was private so I carried on up a hill and then I took a road to the right. This was signed and reminded me of an American clothing company or at least part of it. I cycled hard along the rest of this road until I arrived at a T junction. On my left was a boat with a humorous sign on it. I turned right here because if I had carried straight on I would have been at the site of an old station. But I could not go straight on today so I turned right. I passed a small industrial estate and then an old Victorian House standing on its own looking a bit forlorn. I continued along this road over a small bridge and passed on my right a farm which has been commercialised into an events venue. But as I looked left also saw the ruins of some sort of castle.
By now I was getting a bit tired but I reckoned that had I been on this road in 1857 I would have been able to stop shortly for a refreshment at an old public house. When I got there, it was not present any longer so I turned right. This was not such a good road but I made progress up a hill round a few bends and past a farm which reminded me of the Union of South Africa. But I dallied not, as the windy road led me eventually into another village whose name has colloquially been corrupted and bears no resemblance to the written word. I turned left here and ambled though the village, spotting a most unusual sign warning of a hazard ahead. I did not have to stop and I could not see any. At last it looked as if I could get a refreshment here opposite and very imposing church. I needed the break….. After suitable libation I remounted and cycled up a small hill and instead of taking the main road which was a sharp left turn I went straight on to another crossroads. I remembered that on my left hand side in the wood was a factory of which there was no sign now. I went straight across this junction and remembered that a long time ago I might had had to wait at some gates here. But not today. On I went along a single track road until I came to a car park after having passed an old mill. I decided to pedal straight on up the hill on a rough track. Bone shaking it was too, until I reached the top of a hill when a whole village vista was set out before me and there was ruined house on my left. I bumbled down this hill and carried straight on. Had this been a Sunday and before 1950, I would have not had to look out for my own safety but today was different. When I got to the end of the track I found a proper road and had this been 30 years ago I would have been able to turn right but not today, so I dismounted and pushed my bike to the right passing a house on the corner which suggested it faced in many directions. I came to a crossroads which I remember that some skeletons were found along time ago but not today – it was very busy with lots of walkers so I got on my bike again and turned right.
I came to a track leading off to the right so decided to take this. It did not really have an official name but its name locally seemed to me to be a bit like what happened to my fishing lines. I cycled along this track towards the sea and I remember that this was where there was a man who had some salmon fishing nets. And I noticed a rock just at low water mark a sort of pimple and it occurred to me that that the name of this rock with the addition of a few letters was very similar to where I started my cycle. I remembered that if you drew a line from this rock to a large stone just on my left all the ground to the south of this was the old Earlsferry Commonty and a triangle to the right between that line and where a plough was used in 1813 there was a piece of ground which suggested locally the discovery of fuel. I decided rather than going onto the beach I would turn left along a track round a long wall on both sides. The seaward side of the wall did not seem to enclose anything. I followed the wall round and came across the ruin of a small religious establishment apparently after which the spot was named. I sat on a seat here and looked out across the village and phoned my chauffeuse to come and pick me up. I was fairly tired now.
OK, can you help me reconstruct my journey and answer the following questions:
- Where did I start?
- What was the name of the dog kennel place?
- Where’s the wee manny?
- What’s the name of the modern house on the footprint of the old stately home?
- Who is credited with being the architect who designed it?
- who was made famous by a song and had the cottage on the corner?
- Who wrote the song?
- What is the name of the castle?
- What is the name of the stately home I passed?
- What was the American clothing company’s name?
- What is the humorous sign on the boat?
- What was the name of the old station – accurately please?
- What used to be the function of the old Victorian House?
- What is the name of the events venue I passed?
- What ruin did I see from there?
- What is the name of the old public house I could have got a drink at in 1857?
- Why did the farm remind me of the Union of South Africa?
- What is the name of the village that colloquially has been corrupted?
- What was the unusual sign of hazard ahead?
- When was the church opposite the Inn built?
- What is there on the sign for the inn which relates to a sport?
- What was the name of the factory?
- Why might I have had to wait at some gates?
- What is the name of the old mill which I passed?
- What was name of the ruined house on the left at the top of the hill?
- Why would I not have had to lookout if I had been cycling in 1950?
- What’s the name of the house on the corner suggesting multi-exposure?
- Whose are reckoned to have been the skeletons discovered at the crossroads?
- What is the name of the track I took?
- Who had the fishing nets in 1950s?
- What is the name of the rock?
- What is the name of the piece of ground suggesting fuel?
- What is the name of the piece of ground to the seaward side of the track?
- Where did my journey end?
Quiz compiled by Graham Johnston, Chairman, Elie & Earlsferry History Society Registered Charity No SC035015
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