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Few facts about Guy Fawkes…

By November 6, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

We all love bonfire night, hot chocolate, mulled wine,  hot dogs, sparklers and the grand firework display, even if the english weather isn’t kind to us, its still enjoyed by all, but not a lot of people know the real story, so heres 10 interesting facts about Guy Fawkes and bonfire night –

  1. It was actually Robert Catesby who led the Gunpowder Plot, not Guy Fawkes – there were 13 people involved.
  2. The name of the pub where Guy Fawkes and his friends met to talk about the plot to kill the King is called the Duck and Drake
  3. The job Guy Fawkes had in the Gunpowder Plot was to guard the 36 barrels of gunpowder that had been stored in a basement underneath the House of Lords
  4. He was caught red-handed with 36 barrels of gunpowder, stacked directly below the chair King James.
  5. When Guy Fawkes was arrested, he lied and said that his name was John Johnson
  6. Fawkes was sentenced to the traditional ‘traitors’ death’ and was hanged, drawn and quartered – although he jumped from the gallows and broke his own neck.
  7. Fawkes was born a protestant, but raised a Catholic from the age of eight following his father’s death
  8. King James I decreed that 5 November should be the day that people always celebrate that the Gunpowder Plot didn’t happen.
  9. The very first fireworks display in England took place at the wedding of Henry VII in 1486.
  10. On Bonfire Night, people sometimes eat Parkin Cake, which is made from oatmeal and treacle.