Rugby’s links to the Gunpowder Plot

Here’s a similar related post also from a few years ago on the same theme of the Gunpowder Plot, and more so its connection to my home of Rugby, in Warwickshire – more renowned as being the birthplace of rugby football.

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The Warwickshire market town of Rugby may have been in the spotlight with the Rugby World Cup and from being the birthplace of the game lately.

But as today is the fifth of November – Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire night, did you know it enjoys more claim to fame with its fair share of links to the Gunpowder Plot.

See how and why from my post below

Rugby’s links to the Gunpowder Plot

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Do you know…the Gunpowder Plot rhyme in full?

It is that time of year again

Ahead of Sunday and Bonfire Night, a look back to one of my previous blog posts from 2013 on the Gunpowder Plot

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Most of us know the rhyme associated with Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes, however do know it in full?

The legend of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 is recorded for all time by the following:

 Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.


Guy Fawkes, twas his intent
To blow up King and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.


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By God’s mercy he was catched
With a dark lantern and lighted match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King

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Relevance of Reach – What’s More Important?

An interesting article here on the Relevance of Reach

Content Works!

A question on a lot of people’s mind on social media is “how do I get 1000 fans on Facebook?” My opinion – likes don’t matter. And to be honest, I think unless you’re selling niche products Facebook isn’t your platform either.

Create engaging content and follow the right strategy, fans will grow. If you don’t focus on what people want, you’ll never reach your potential likers anyway.

When brands first cottoned on to the power of social media to market their products and services, they became obsessed with fans, followers, likes and retweets. Some businesses even hired agencies to buy in fans and followers in a bid to boost brand presence.

What good is having 1000 followers if it doesn’t translate to sales and a revenue boost?

For consumers to buy into a product or service they need to engage with it on an emotional level

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William Webb Ellis and the Origins of Rugby – a new perspective

William Webb Ellis and the Origins of Rugby – a new perspective

Fascinating article, especially for someone like myself who is born and bred in the birthplace of the game (and still lives a short walk away from where it all started)

World Rugby Museum: from the vaults

On the 29th August 1895 at the George Hotel in Huddersfield, 22 rugby clubs met to discuss the cessation of their membership of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and shortly thereafter proclaimed a new Northern Union.  Initially the game that they would administer would be identical in every respect to that of the RFU with the exception that their players would be permitted monetary compensation for time spent away from the workplace- whilst playing rugby for club, county and country.  Over time the Northern Union altered the rules, reduced the number of players per team and the sport we now know as Rugby League was born.

Around the same time as this act of northern separatism another group of gentlemen were meeting in the town of Rugby. The Old Rugbeian Society (ORS), an informal group of Rugby School alumni, subsequently announced their intention to conduct a private investigation into…

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Licence to chill: 11 of England’s most haunted pubs

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From spectral soldiers to unearthly urchins, our urban and rural pubs often play host to chilling tales of ghostly happenings.

Can your local top these haunted hostelries for revenant regulars? Tell us about it in the comments.

1. Red Lion Public House, Avebury, Wiltshire

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Situated in the heart of one of the world’s greatest Neolithic monuments, Avebury’s Red Lion is supposedly home to at least five different ghosts. Built as a farmhouse in the late 16th or early 17 century, it became a coaching inn in the early 19th century. One of its more spectacular ghostly apparitions is a phantom carriage that clatters through its yard. Inside, the ghost of Florrie haunts the pub. Florrie took a lover while her husband was away fighting during the Civil War. He returned to find the couple, shot his wife’s lover and stabbed Florrie, throwing…

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