Prize quiz: November 2020

COMPETITION solving can be thirsty work – and we are delighted to be able to offer a tasty tipple as our first ever picture quiz prize this month.

Our friends Kate and Ben Marston at Puddingstone Distillery near Tring have kindly stepped in to offer a marvellous 10cl bottle of artisan gin worth £10 to the winner of our November picture quiz. (Read our feature about their pioneering distillery here.)

The first name drawn at random from our email entries who can successfully solve the puzzle can choose the gin of their choice from the Puddingstone collection. (The 10cl bottle holds the equivalent of four single measures.)

This month the focus is on some of the incredible fungi, fruits, nuts and berries to be found in our forests and hedgerows – some of which can provide the basis of tasty seasonal treats, but some of which can be deadly, as our October fungi foray discovered.

See whether you can answer our three picture posers this month – and if you are struggling for inspiration, the answers can all be found somewhere on our website.

PICTURE 1: Some animals find this colourful toadstool a tasty treat, but it’s toxic for humans. What’s its name?
PICTURE 2: Hertfordshire’s Puddingstone distillery takes its name from a rare local rock formation. But from which shrub does gin take its name?
PICTURE 3: These hedgerow favourites can be turned into a tasty syrup. What are they?

Answers to by the end of the month. The answers and winner will be revealed on December 1. Note that you must be over 18 to win and may be required to provide age verification to claim your prize.

You can also test yourself on some of our previous picture quizzes. All the answers can be found below.


1 The competition is open to all visitors to The Beyonder website who are aged 18 or over. 2 Entry to the competition is only via the contact page on our website or by email to 3 By submitting an entry, entrants give The Beyonder the right to publish their name in the event of them winning the competition. 4 All entrants must supply their names and a valid e-mail address. The Beyonder will only ever use e-mail details for the purposes of administering this competition, and will not publish them or provide them to anyone without permission. 5 Only one entry should be submitted by any individual entrant and anyone submitting multiple entries may be disqualified. 6 A winning entry will be selected at random from all entries after the competition closes at midnight on November 30. 7 The winner, once notified, will be entitled to choose ONE 10cl bottle of gin of their choice from those available in the Puddingstone Distillery shop. The winner should be able to provide age verification that they are 18 or over and must claim their prize by December 31 2020. Any claim received after that date will be deemed null and void. 8 The Beyonder’s decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. 9 The Beyonder reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

PICTURE CREDIT: The header image for this page was taken by Fidel Fernando via Unsplash


PICTURE 1: Which pioneering female politician once lived in the house where this impressive statue can be found? Answer: In 1919 Nancy Astor made political history by becoming the first woman to take her seat in the House of Parliament. She was the daughter-in-law of William Waldorf Astor and Cliveden was his weddding present to his son and Nancy, including The Fountain of Love (above) which was brought there in 1897
PICTURE 2: Which famous politician is commemorated in various parts of this parish church at Hughenden? Answer: As our 2018 feature revealed, the former prime minister Benjamin Disraeli is commemorated in many parts of the St Michael and All Angels church at Hughenden but the principal memorial is on the north side of the chancel, the only known example of a memorial erected by a reigning monarch to one of her subjects
PICTURE 3: Visitors to The Lee are often intrigued by this local landmark, a ship’s figurehead of the Admiral Lord Howe. But which famous London store owner was Lord of the Manor here? Answer: As our 2019 feature revealed, Arthur Liberty was Lord of the Manor here in the 1890s and many of the ship’s timbers were used for the extension to his famous store


We thought our railway-themed quiz might be too easy for railway buffs but old friend Henry Allum was the only person to come up with a correct answer:

PICTURE 1: This magnificant Modified Hall class GWR locomotive was getting up steam at a Buckinghamshire railway station over the August bank holiday. But which one, exactly? 6989 Wightwick Hall could be found at Quainton Road station
PICTURE 2: Railway enthusiasts may recognise this well preserved signalbox. But where can it be found? Chinnor station
PICTURE 3: The picture shows a level crossing at Bourne End on the seven-mile long branch line from Maidenhead to Marlow. By what name is the train which runs on this line known? The Marlow Donkey


PICTURE 1: On which Buckinghamshire church can you find this unusual coat of arms?
Clue: This church has a famous poetic connection

Answer: This is the church of St Giles in Stoke Poges, long associated with the poet Thomas Gray. The crest is the coat of arms of the Hastings family, Earls of Huntingdon, and can be found above the doorway to the 1558 Hastings chapel

PICTURE 2: Where can you find this unusual insect?
Clue: The same artist has recently had some new benches installed on this site

Answer: The bench design on the West Common at Stoke Common was created by Gina Martin in 2006 and inspired by Kelsey Rogers, a nine-year-old from Iver Village Junior School as part of a South Bucks District Council Arts in the Community initiative

PICTURE 3: Where can you see this former tower mill?
Clue: There’s a popular pub and common nearby

Answer: The former tower mill is at Hawridge beside the Full Moon pub. Nowadays a private residence, it was once the home of writer Gilbert Cannan


Our July picture quiz featured some animal magic, but were you able to decipher the anagrams to see where to find the new arrivals?

1 MANLY FAN READS = Sandy Lane Farm
2 BEE BRANCHES HUM = Burnham Beeches
3 HAZY PERFORM SCARAB = Crazy Bear Farmshop
4 MOST MEN COOK = Stoke Common


Our June quiz had a literary theme:

PICTURE 1: Which 18th-century poet completed his famous ‘Elegy’ in a country churchyard at Stoke Poges? Thomas Gray
PICTURE 2: Which poet immortalised the phrase “the darling buds of May”?
Shakespeare in Sonnet 18
PICTURE 3: Gail Simmons’ 2019 book The Country of Larks takes its name from a phrase coined by which 19th-century novelist to describe the Chilterns? Robert Louis Stevenson


PICTURE 1: Which young Yorkshire poet wrote: “There is a silent eloquence/In every wild bluebell”? Anne Bronte
PICTURE 2: Which famous fictional bear lives in The Hundred Acre Wood? Winnie the Pooh
PICTURE 3: Which children’s author worked in this garden writing hut? Roald Dahl


PICTURE 1: In the grounds of which Berkshire abbey can this cross be found? Douai Abbey
PICTURE 2: In which Buckinghamshire village is this well-known cottage fire? Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield.
PICTURE 3: Where can you find this atmospheric chapel? Chiltern Open Air Museum
PICTURE 4: Where in Oxfordshire is this old locomotive getting up steam? Chinnor station on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway


Congratulations to David Rounding, who won last month’s quiz, correctly identifying the four pictured buildings and the famous people associated with them. We wanted you to identify which building was linked with an English king, a prime minister, a saint and a wartime codebreaker – and the answers are below:

PICTURE 1: Bletchley Park (Alan Turing)
PICTURE 2: Hughenden Manor (Benjamin Disraeli)
PICTURE 3: Hampton Court Palace (Henry VIII)
PICTURE 4: Stonor Park (St Edmund Campion)


1 Which charitable trust is responsible for 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and protected historic buildings? The Canal and River Trust.

2 Which tiny Buckinghamshire landmark reopens to the public this month after winter? Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield.

3 What’s the name of the Oxfordshire home of famous children’s author C S Lewis? The Kilns.

4 Can you name two places in Bedfordshire where you can find lions, tigers, rhinos and penguins? Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo.


OUR January quiz featured a pair of very distinctive buildings in Oxford:

1 This marvellous carving can be found gracing the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe, which first opened to scholars in 1602.

2 John Radcliffe (1650–1714) left a large sum of money to build a library and this impressive piece of classical architecture opened in 1749. When it was taken over by the Bodleian in 1860 it was renamed the Radcliffe Camera.


OUR December picture quiz featured a pair of photographs from one of our favourite local estates:


1 Throughout December this house hosted candlelit Christmas tours – it’s the historic country house at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.


2 One particular saint has close links to this property. Which one? Edmund Campion, who was executed in 1581.


OUR November picture quiz featured a pair of animals to be found on our Chilterns patch – but where, exactly?


1 You can take a seat beside this little chap…. at the National Trust estate at Basildon Park


2 …while this character guards a well-known local water feature. But where? This one is in the water gardens of the former Astor family home at Cliveden, another National Trust property.


HOW well did you know your London landmarks?

Our October picture quiz was based on local landmarks near to Samuel Johnson’s town house in Gough Square, off Fleet Street.


1 Where can this distinctive Wren steeple be found? Christ Church Greyfriars

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2 Where is this unusual “memorial to self-sacrifice” located? Postman’s Park


3 Who is this unhappy looking boy? The Golden Boy of Pye Corner in Smithfield.


4 Which famous 1950 police drama starring a young Dirk Bogarde as a hardened criminal took its title from the lights traditionally hung outside British police stations? The Blue Lamp

5 On which London bridge can these animals be found? Holburn Viaduct


6 Which building does this statue grace – and who designed it? The statue of Fame graces the Reuters building at 85 Fleet Street and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


7 Which national daily newspaper once occupied this famous Fleet Street building? The Daily Express.


8 In which year did the first AEC Routemaster buses enter service with London Transport? 1956.


9 Which public school’s City of London links are commemorated in this statue? Christ’s Hospital.


10 Whose cat was this – and what’s the cat’s name? Samuel Johnson’s cat Hodge.