Rugby’s links to the Gunpowder Plot

Karl Quinney

Up and down the UK this evening bonfires will be lit and firework displays will light up the night sky for Bonfire Night.

The fifth of November is a reminder of the failed attempt to kill King James back in 1605. On that date over four centuries ago, a solitary figure is arrested in the cellars of Parliament House. Although he first gives his name as John Johnson, Guy Fawkes, as he is really called, is one of thirteen who have conspired to blow up Parliament, the King, and his Lords.

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

By doing so, they were looking to throw the whole country into turmoil, out of which these traitors hoped to raise a new monarch who was sympathetic to their cause, and return England to its Catholic past.

Here in central England, a town more familiar and associated with the birthplace of a worldwide sport has several…

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