BCC Quiz Night: How Balham are you?

‘Being a club’ rule number 4 (probably): you ain’t officially a sports club until you have your first quiz night.

So we’ve had one!

Over 30 of us headed to The Dynamo in Balham for our inaugural quiz which included a round of questions on Balham. Think you know your neighbourhood? Think you would have done well? Well test yourself below. No googling!


  1. According to the 2011 census, what was the population of Balham at that time? Within 2,000 gets you a point!
  2. In what year did Balham Tube station open?
  3. The writer of Only Fools and Horses was born in Balham and based it on Hildreth Street Market. What’s his name?
  4. Who in 1958 featured in a comedy sketch about ‘Balham Gateway to the South’
  5. A singer who’s first three albums were numbers went to Chesnut Grove School. Who is she?
  6. What was the name of the Channel 5 fly on the wall TV series that was initially set in Balham Park Surgery?
  7. What is the number of the Cycle Superhighway that passes through Balham High Road
  8. What is the name of the gin that is distilled on Weir Road in Balham that shares it’s name with the surname of the winner of the 2016 Paris-Roubaix (bonus point for the cyclist!)
  9. To within 100, how many apartments are there in Du Cane Court?
  10. Name the Ian McEwan novel which mentions the 1940 Balham Tube Station Disaster


See below for answers












  1. 14,751
  2. 1926
  3. John Sullivan
  4. Peter Sellers
  5. Adele
  6. Behind Closed Doors
  7. CS7
  8. Hayman’s (Mat Hayman)
  9. 676
  10. Atonement

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