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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/gunpowder_robinson_01.shtml
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...