Crosswords with a local or ‘archives’ connection!

Test your knowledge of East Yorkshire local history (or learn more about it), and see how many ‘information’ – type words you know, using these crosswords.

‘Information’ words

The answer to each of these clues relate to words, terms, and ‘things’ that you might use to describe information and how it’s stored or recorded in archives. Have a go – you probably know more than you think!

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1. A thin material, made from animal skin and once used as a writing surface, especially in medieval times. (9)

2.A flat, thin circular object e.g. ‘compact’ or ‘digital versatile’. (4)

3.Cover or holder for storing loose papers (7)

4.Term used to describe a reproduction of a record. (4)

5.Set of papers, grouped together for easy reference, or another name for a digital ‘object’. (4)

6.Many medieval documents, court papers and Acts of Parliament, were traditionally written and stored in this way. (4)

7.Often used to describe information formatted, transmitted, or stored, by computers. (4)

8.Cylinder on which film materials can be wound. (4)


1.Book, or other collection of financial accounts. (6)

2.Document written by hand (as opposed to typed or printed). (10)

3.Flexible, removable magnetic disk for storing data. (6)

4.Sound recording. (5)

5.Colourful fluid or paste, used for writing. (3)

6.Message distributed by electronic means via a network. (5)

7.The other digit used in binary code for digital information i.e. not zero. (3)

Take a look at this ‘Information’ crossword…

Local Places History

The answer to each of these history-based clues will give the name of a town, village, or geographic place in East Yorkshire or nearby.  (But don’t worry if you’re not hot on your history, we’ve also added a little cryptic clue to help give you a nudge in the right direction!)

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1. Once a fishing village, from 18th century onwards it grew into a popular resort.  St Oswald’s Church is its oldest building. (Where did ‘Old Mother Riley’ go?) (5)

2. Of Saxon origin, its place on the River Humber made it important for shipbuilding. (It sounds like you may have to wrestle with this one) (6)

3. Queen Henrietta Maria (Charles I’s wife) chose this as a port of call during The English Civil War.  (Alas, no speedboat rides nor doughnuts for Her Majesty) (11)

4. A now lost village, mostly washed away by Holderness coastal erosion in 15th and 19th centuries. (If it pricks you, it will hurt) (8)

5. Founded during Roman times in 71 AD, the city is still synonymous with history and is from where our county takes its name. (With industry coated around a chocolate centre, it now has a Viking one too) (4)


1. The old railway line between Driffield and York used to run past here, but its station is now a picnic site. (Call out when you fell a tree, someone might think you said this) (6)

2. Originally known as Wyke, but since King Edward I acquired it in 1293, it’s become known by the name of the river on which it’s situated. (Just like ‘Emu’ without Rod, a ship is nothing without it) (4)

3. Historically, part of the Dickering Wapentake, and later Bridlington Rural District between 1894 and 1974, it is nowadays best known for its cliffs (Where seagulls dare, others will nest) (7)

4. This village’s famous windmill was built in 1821 and opened as a working museum in 1974, undergoing refurbishment in 2008.  (Don’t go too fast or it will slip past) (6)

5. Its lifeboat station opened in 1810, but following a tidal surge in 2013, many families left a few years afterwards. (In spitting distance of Kilnsea; its name epitomises rejection) (5,4)

6. A farm close to Watton and Beswick.  The second half of its name derives from an old word for archery/rifle practice ranges, ‘Burn – – – – -‘. (It will do this if you take the hot seat) (5)

Take a look at this East Yorkshire Places History crossword…

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