Gunpowder Treason and Plot

By georgina young on 2 Nov 2013

Quick's entire new speech for the 5th of November, broadside ballad 1830-1853Children with their Guy, Henry Grant c.1955

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops Londoners prepare once more to celebrate November the Fifth. Bonfire Night is a fragment of history rehearsed annually ever since a day of national celebration was decreed in the aftermath of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up both King James 1 and Parliament in 1605. The festivities were originally encouraged by the authorities, but there have long been currents of mischief and danger in the celebrations. Read the full postRead the full post