We hope you enjoyed taking part in the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project (ITHP) Quiz over the past two weeks.
In a bid to share a little positivity and nostalgia during these uncertain times, we’ve been sharing an archive photo of Academy Street or Inverness with a quiz question on the ITHP social media channels.
Here are all the questions and answers. Let us know your score out of 10!
The former royal burgh of Inverness was situated at a junction of major early routes: north to Dingwall, Sutherland and Caithness; east to Nairn, Forres, Elgin and Aberdeen; southeast to Perth; southwest to Loch Ness and the Great Glen and west to Skye.
But can you tell us what the name Inverness means?
Answer: Mouth of the River Ness
The medieval burgh of Inverness was founded by David I. In 1179 William the Lion commissioned a moat or ‘fosse’ around the burgh.
To the north east, this followed the present line of Academy Street. Initially laid out in 1758, the street now known as Academy Street had a different name until the construction of the Inverness Royal Academy in 1792.
But what was Academy Street’s original name?
Answer: New Street
The coming of the railway changed the face of Inverness with Station Square on Academy Street becoming a focal point in the town.
But in which year did the railway come to Inverness?
Inverness Victorian Market was the first covered market in Inverness and was built between 1869 and 1870.
Sadly, a fire destroyed much of the original building, with only the Academy Street entrance with its three archways remaining intact.
Can you tell us which year this fire took hold?
Who remembers the La Scala cinema?
Originally opened in December 1913, the cinema closed its doors in 2001.
But what was the last film shown at La Scala?
Originally built in 1798, East Church on Academy Street was remodelled in 1898 by local architects, Ross and MacBeath.
As part of this, a magnificent tile floor was installed in the vestibule by Craven Dunnill.
But which recently restored building on Academy Street is also home to mosaics by Craven Dunnill?
Answer: Rose Street Foundry / 96 Academy Street
Falcon Square takes its name from the Falcon Iron Works, opened by brothers John and Charles Falconer, to take advantage of the new opportunities for trade generated by the railway.
The building which now houses Pizza Express and other retail outlets is the only original building remaining in the square.
Shop workers in the retail outlets within this building blame the ghost of a workman killed in the foundry for unexplained events such as doors opening and closing on their own! 👻
But in which year was the Falcon Iron Works opened?
Inverness Royal Academy began its days in the centre of town.
The building was constructed on New Street, as Academy Street was formerly known, in 1792 and was used as a school until it relocated to Midmills Road in 1895.
Can you name the shop or bar that can now be found in the former Inverness Royal Academy building?
Answer: M&Co or Platform 8
Dating back to the 18th century, Blackfriars reopened last year following a huge refurbishment, including funding from Inverness Townscape Heritage Project.
The work included the addition of hotel rooms in the upper floors. Each of these rooms were given local names, but can you tell us one of the room names?
Answers: Blackfriars, Ness, Culloden, Fort George, Kessock, Abertarff, Urquhart or Cromwell
Renovation works on the Rose Street Foundry were recently completed, including the reinstatement of beautiful decorative mosaics.
The building has been transformed into a pub and restaurant, but can you tell us which brewing company is the proud new custodian of the Rose Street Foundry?
Answer: Cairngorm Brewery
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