Saturday, 5 November 2011

Guy Fawkes: genesis of the gunpowder plot

Schoolchildren in England are taught why we have firework displays and burn a guy (an effigy) on a bonfire each 5th November.

On 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was one of 13 who were caught trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. The full story is recounted well at:

Lesser known is that legend has it the gunpowder plot was actually hatched at Ordsall Hall on the Salford/ Manchester border, where Guy Fawkes was staying at the time. This story gained credibility so much so that that the street directly adjacent to the hall is named Guy Fawkes Street.

Many a person has probably wondered whether they are celebrating the demise of Guy Fawkes or honouring his attempt to do away with the government...


  1. Wonderful picture Chrissy. Thank you. Have a nice weekend.

  2. Fantastic image!I'm always enchanted by fireworks!
    hugs and a nice Sunday

  3. Didn't know about the Ordsall connection - what the BBC article fails to report - the 36 barrels of gunpowder would have started a good fire but wouldn't have been sufficient to actually demolish the building - Guy was essentially the fall-guy.

  4. interesting to read ! Miss going to a Pub and having a Guinness much. Currently people try to save the Parliament over here, as it is literally 'burning'.
    Said, that until Tuesday evening there has to be a new government in place.
    Please have a good Sunday.

  5. Fabulous shot! Hope you had fun.

  6. Interesting history and great fireworks shot!