Monday, 5 November 2012

Year 1605 - Gunpowder, Treason & Plot

Today is Guy Fawkes Day, named after the Gunpowder Plot conspirator, Guy Fawkes.  The plot? To blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I on 5th November, 1605.  Fawkes had the job of guarding gunpowder hidden in the undercroft of the House of Lords.  He was caught!  In the meantime, his fellow conspirators waited in the Old Lion Inn (below), Dunchurch, not far from Coombe Abbey in Coventry.

Known as the Old Lion Inn in 1605.
Guy Fawkes House now and a
residential property.

As you can see from the plaque, Coombe Abbey had a part to play in this story.  (If you go back to my photo for 1st November, I wonder if the scene at Coombe Abbey in 1605 might be something like that.  Ooooooh!)

As for the fate of Guy Fawkes, he was tried and found guilty of High Treason along with 7 others.  For the whole story, look HERE .   
            
Dunchurch, Warwickshire
Road to London to the south and Glasgow to the north.
Main door to Old Lion Inn is in the middle.
Tomorrow, I'll you show you preparations for a village Bonfire Night in Baginton.                                  



10 comments:

Tanya said...

what a beautiful building, love the black and white stripes. so is this someone's home now?

Adele said...

What an interesting place to live!

LONDONLULU said...

Gosh, that Guy Fawkes did not have an easy time of it did he? I love your photo of that building - and can't wait for the next post! (btw, Mr. L loved the gladiator story:)

Paul in Powell River said...

Great post. And such great history to walk around in!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

good post for today - Guy indeed was something of a scapegoat for the plot.

LOLfromPasa said...

Yes, Tanya, that is someone home...lucky them :).

Adele - This is the same village that had some thatched roofs I used before. It is is an interesting place.

Lulu - Guy Fawkes was a naughty boy :).

Gerald & Paul...more text that I am used to including but it tells the story.

Petrea Burchard said...

Amazing that this is a private home. But obviously it's in good hands.

LOLfromPasa said...

You're right, Petrea. Bet they get a lot of people outside their door taking photos, like me!

Hilda said...

I've always wondered about this holiday. I understand celebrating the fact that the plot was foiled, but not that it's named after the villain. British humor? ;)

LOLfromPasa said...

I guess, Hilda. (Just had a look at your photos...very nice.)