How good is your transport knowledge? Take the quiz!

Raleigh bicycle factory, Nottingham
At HLF, we love learning about the many forms of transport humans use to get around and how they link to the growth of society and modern culture.

Take our quick transport heritage quiz to see if you’re up to speed.

1. Why is Nottingham known for its bicycles?

2. After the Second World War, which iconic motor racing track was created from an unused airfield? 

3. What is the highest canal aqueduct in England?

4. What is the Flying Scotsman?

5. Which Tudor Ship recently reopened as a museum after being raised from the sea in 1982?

Answers:

1.The Raleigh bike factory was based here. Founded in 1888, it became the centre of the city’s industry – nearly everyone in Nottingham knew someone who worked at the factory or owned a Raleigh bike. 

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2. Silverstone UK. In 1948 an ex-farmer, James Wilson Brown, was employed by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and given just two months to turn the site from a wartime airfield and farm into a race track for the first RAC International Grand Prix.

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3. The 200-year-old Marple Aqueduct on the Peak Forest Canal, which runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne, east of Manchester, and Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. It is a towering 100ft at its highest point.

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4. A steam locomotive. Built in 1923, the Flying Scotsman is now part of the collection at the National Rail Museum in York. The British Empire Exhibition made Flying Scotsman famous. In 1934, Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run – officially the first locomotive in the UK to reach that amazing speed. 

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5. The Mary Rose. And contrary to popular belief, the Mary Rose didn’t sink first time out; she had a successful career spanning 34 years as King Henry VIII’s flagship. 

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