January Trivia Answer
Saturday 02nd February 2019

The answer to last months Trivia was of course Downing Street

10 Downing Street, colloquially known as Number 10, is the headquarters of the Government and the official residence and office of the First Lord of the Treasury, London, It is over 300 years old and despite not looking very large from the front contains approximately 100 rooms.

The house, from which the building gets its name, was one of several built by Sir George Downing between 1682 and 1684. An interesting character he was a notorious spy for Oliver Cromwell and later Charles II. He invested in property and acquired considerable wealth. He employed Sir Christopher Wren to design the houses. Although large, they were put up quickly and cheaply on soft soil with shallow foundations, hence the quote from Sir Winston Churchill.

An interesting extra bit of trivia is that if you look at the numerals on the door ‘10’ appears ovaloid, this is so that at an angle, which is how it is more often seen, the O becomes round. As Michael Cain would say, ‘Not a lot of people know that’

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