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The Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Updated on November 1, 2012

The gunpowder plot of 1605

The gunpowder plot of 1605 was instigated by a band of rogue catholics in a bid to blow up James I. In England this day is commemorated with bonfires and by burning a Guy. Guy Fawkes, the explosives expert of the gang.

James I had ordered the removal of all the catholic priests which caused an uprising so some catholics decided to to kill him and blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The plotters managed to rent a house opposite the Houses of Parliament and hid 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar of the house of Lords. Hence the name of the gunpowder plot.

There was said to be 12 members of the gang but Guy Fawkes was left to take the rap as he was caught lighting the fuse to the gunpowder when guards had gone to check the cellars.

Fawkes was taken to the bloody tower of London where he was subjected to torture until he revealed the names of his co conspirators

In recognition of his capture James I suggested everybody have a Bonfire night and burn efigy's on the top of Mr Fawkes. This has been commemorated ever since.

There are many conspiracy theories as to why and who originally orchestrated this crime. One of which was a government backed scheme to convince James I that Catholics could not be trusted.

All of the perpetrators met with a sticky end either being shot imprisoned and finally hung as did Fawkes.

Was it a conspiracy or just a radical plan which eventually went wrong?

Alas we will never know.

Enjoy the fireworks on the 5th November and stay safe.

Fawkes was finally hung drawn and quartered in January 1605.


The Gunpowder Plot

Remember remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder,treason and plot.

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

Firework - Katy Perry



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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Ivona Poyntz thanks for commenting. Bet it was a government backed conspiracy. British governments are full of b....shit still, so it would not surprise me.

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    Ivona Poyntz 

    6 years ago from UK

    One of the greatest unsolved english mysteries: was it a conspiracy or not?

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    GRL the clue is in the title?

    hstdbnd- thanks. Yeah it is great for the kids to watch.Different parts of the country have different types of foods which they cook for the occasion.

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    Cindy Murdoch 

    6 years ago from Texas

    ... hung, drawn, and quartered ... such a nasty way to go.

    Now I know why you have the celebration. Fireworks in November. I bet they are gorgeous.

  • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Fascinating! They still have Bonfire Night. When is it and isn't it meant to welcome in the winter?

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    TS glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • ThoughtSandwiches profile image


    6 years ago from Reno, Nevada


    Great topic! I love a good Catholic intrigue story from the 17-century! You tell the story well my friend! Also...I liked the Katie Perry video.


  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    SG. See, you learn something new everyday.Glad you liked it and thanks for dropping by. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

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    september girl 

    6 years ago

    I always wondered why you guys celebrated Guy Fawkes day! : ) Thanks for enlightening me. : )

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Nice one Dave. Thanks

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    Dave Mathews 

    6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    God and History will help us to remember that which is truly important.

  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks to you both for voting up. I really appreciate it.

    writer20 and Daniella Lopez

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    Danielle Lopez 

    6 years ago from Spain

    The title of this hub caught my attention. I'm a big fan of V for Vendetta (the graphic novel, not the movie). Interesting hub. Voted up!

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Good piece about these bad guys from your English friend. Voted up


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