Every year, the UK comes together to remember the 5th November 1605, a day when a team of men who collaborated to assassinate James I by blowing up the Parliament were stopped.
Guy Fawkes and his cronies are infamous, but thanks to our unequivocal research skills, we think we’ve discovered 5 things you might not know about Bonfire Night.
Coombe Abbey played a part
Back in 1603, James I’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth, came to live at the Coombe Abbey, where she could relax in the Warwickshire countryside. However, this perfect bliss would’ve been shattered if Guy Fawkes had got his way. According to records, he had planned to kidnap Elizabeth and put her on her father’s throne following his attempted assassination.
Guy Fawkes wasn’t the lead plotter
Even though Guy Fawkes is synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, he was actually just the explosives expert. It’s said that the key planner in the plot was Robert Catesby, who is played by Kit Harington in BBC’s new series on the event, Gunpowder.
Guards still check the basements of Parliament
Since 1928, the Houses of Parliament are said to still be searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening. It’s meant to only be a precaution as to avoid any modern-day Guy Fawkes.
Only one place in the UK doesn’t celebrate Bonfire Night
And that place is St Peter’s School in York. It’s the school that Guy Fawkes attended as a child, and as a mark of respect they’ve always refused to celebrate Bonfire Night by burning a dummy Guy.
Fireworks were once just orange and white
Fireworks only originally came in orange and white, and it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that other colours were introduced. Using special salts, explosive experts created fantastic colours to help light up the sky. Fun fact: blue is said to be trickiest colour to make.
So there we have it, from Guy Fawkes’ kidnapping plots to modern-day preventative measures, we hope we’ve filled your mind with unusual facts surrounding Bonfire Night. To really celebrate the evening, be sure to book a night with us in one of our feature bedchambers, where you can sit back and imagine yourself in the midst of what would’ve been a tumultuous 1605.