How Ilson are you?
This is a quiz to determine how "Ilson" you are. Ilkeston is a town inbetween Derby and Nottingham. Ilkeston was probably founded in the 6th century AD, and gets its name from its supposed founder, Elch or Elcha, who was an Anglian chieftain ("Elka's Tun" = Elka's Town). The town appears as Tilchestune in the Domesday Book when it was owned principally by Gilbert de Ghent. Gilbert also controlled nearby Shipley, West Hallam and Stanton by Dale. Ilkeston was created a borough by Queen Victoria in 1887. Ilkeston is one of several places where the distinctive dialect of East Midlands English is extensively spoken. Ilkeston is referred to as 'Ilson' in this dialect. One might greet a friend with "Eh up, me duck!" or "Ah do?".
Find out how Ilson you are by taking this quiz, full of quiz questions about Ilkeston, places and dialect. If you're not from Ilkeston, then some of it might not make much sense, but feel free to have a go anyway :)
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