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Guy Fawkes in the cellar vaults -The Gunpowder Plot
Guy Fawkes parades through the streets
  • “Remember, remember
  • the Fifth of November
  • is gunpowder treason and plot.
  • I see no reason
  • why gunpowder treason
  • should ever be forgot.
  • Knock at the door,
  • ring the bell.
  • Have you got a penny for
  • singing so well ?
  • If you haven’t got a penny
  • a ha’penny will do
  • If you haven't got a ha’penny
  • then God bless you !!”


Making the Guy 1886

Building the Guy 1886


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Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawkes (1570-1606) conspired in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up King James the First and members of both Houses of Parliament. He was arrested in the cellar, which contained 36 barrels of gunpowder, below the House on November 5, 1605 interrogated, tortured and finally executed.

Victorian scrap depicting the Arrest of Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Day is still celebrated in Britain every year with bonfires, fireworks and the burning of the ‘guy’ usually a grotesque effigy. From the early 20th century November the Fifth has been referred to as Bonfire Night.

Guy Fawkes in triumphal procession Recollections of the Fifth of November 1853
Surely there never was a phoenix so incombustible as Guy Fawkes! Regularly, once a year, he rises from his ashes, parades through the streets in triumphal procession, attends several public meetings, at all of which he takes the chair and then when the evening closes in, he warms his toes over a friendly fire and cracks his venerable sides with a number of good things and generally retires about ten o'clock, after having spent a very jolly evening, during which everything has gone off as pleasantly as possible.

Extract from Illustrated London News 1853

Guy Fawkes - building the Guy Building the Guy 1853

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